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Vietnam and Opposition at Home

During the Vietnam War, more than 58,000 Americans died and more than 300,000 were wounded. The United States entered the war incrementally between 1950 and 1965, when President Lyndon Johnson began aggressively bombing North Vietnam and sent U.S. Marines to defend South Vietnam. The U.S. became involved in the war for a number of reasons, many of which evolved over time. Increased U.S. involvement was matched by a rise of antiwar protest in the 1960s, as dissenting groups formed at many of the nation's universities, including University of Wisconsin campuses. In the early 1960s, however, the majority of Americans supported... more...

Original Documents and Other Primary Sources

Link to artifacts: Engine fragment from the van used in the Sterling Hall bombing, 1970  Engine fragment from the van used in the Sterling Hall bombing, 1970
Link to book: A guide to forming antiwar organizations  A guide to forming antiwar organizations
Link to book: Letters home from Wisconsin men and women serving in Vietnam  Letters home from Wisconsin men and women serving in Vietnam
Link to images: Vietnam War photographs by Dickey Chapelle  Vietnam War photographs by Dickey Chapelle
Link to manuscript: War veterans advocate for peace  War veterans advocate for peace

Primary Sources Available Elsewhere

Link to article: President Johnson gauges Wisconsin's support for his re-election in 1968  President Johnson gauges Wisconsin's support for his re-election in 1968
Link to book: Wisconsin Blue Books  Wisconsin Blue Books
Link to manuscript: Wisconsin Democrats suggest urgent measures to save President Johnson's re-election campaign, 1968  Wisconsin Democrats suggest urgent measures to save President Johnson's re-election campaign, 1968

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