Protest at home
Many people on the home front were very discontent about the war in Vietnam. Protests were frequent and often times were violent. Most of the protesters consisted of students, mothers of sons fighting in Vietnam, and hippies who were against violence. Many protesters were against the war because they saw it as unnecessary because it did not directly involve the United States until they forced themselves to become directly involved. The draft was also a part of the war that protesters were against because college students and rich well off citizens were exempt from the draft. Music was also a huge part of protesting. Artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Credence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan as well as many others wrote protest songs that fueled rebellious teenagers and soldiers in the battle field.
The Kent State Incident happened at Kent State University on May 4, 1970 and was in response to a four day protest event that continued to become out of control to the point where the National Guard was called in. When they were called in violence broke out and 67 shots were fired into the crowd within thirteen seconds killing four students, wounding nine others and one was left paralyzed. The question as to why the shots were fired remains debated.
Protest In vietnam
Thich Quang Duc was a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself to death at a busy Saigon Road intersection on June 11, 1963. Thích Quảng Đức was protesting about the persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnam's Roman Catholic government led by Ngo Dinh Diem. Photos of his self immolation were circulated across the world.