1965 March 24

First Vietnam War Teach-in at University of Michigan

 

A massive “teach-in” was held at the University of Michigan to protest the escalating American involvement in the Vietnam War. The event launched the teach-in, essentially a long public forum, as a means of protesting the war. The term was obviously derived from the civil rights sit-ins.

The Vietnam War created a number of civil liberties crises. They include (1) the lack of a Congressional Declaration of War as required by the Constitution (June 3, 1970); (2) threats to freedom of the press in the Pentagon Papers case (June 30, 1971); (3) spying on the anti-war movement by the CIA (August 15, 1967); (4) threats to freedom of expression, for example high school student protests (February 24, 1969); censorship of television programs (February 25, 1968); and directly and indirectly some of the events that led to the Watergate Scandal (May 9, 1969; January 27, 1972).

Watch a video of the teach-in (University of Michigan Bentley Library):
http://bentley.umich.edu/research/guides/video/stuprotest.php

Read: Louis Menashe and Ronald Radosh (eds), Teach-Ins: U.S.A.: Reports, Opinions, Documents (1967)

Learn more about the anti-Vietnam War movement: Thomas Powers, The War at Home: Vietnam and the American People, 1964–1968 (1973)

Watch a documentary on how the Vietnam War affected America: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGeFPzFNkQg

Read first-hand accounts of 1960s-1970s radicals: Clara Bingham, Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost its Mind and Found its Soul (2016)

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