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by Nancy Zaroulis,Gerald Sullivan

An analysis of American protest against the Vietnam War discusses the events, personalities, and ramifications of the movement
Download Who Spoke Up?: American Protest Against the War in Vietnam 1963-1975 epub
ISBN: 0385175477
ISBN13: 978-0385175470
Category: History
Subcategory: Asia
Author: Nancy Zaroulis,Gerald Sullivan
Language: English
Publisher: Horizon Book Promotions; 1st edition (November 1, 1989)
Pages: 460 pages
ePUB size: 1274 kb
FB2 size: 1714 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 396
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I came to this book knowing Zaroulis's marvelous fiction work, Call the Darkness Light, and am delighted to find that her excellent literary skills extend to nonfiction--in particular, to getting rather clearly at the events and a number of viewpoints that made up the movement, in the US, against the Vietnam War, and in showing many of this movement's links to earlier and to related peace and justice movements in America. I thought I knew most of this history, but Zaroulis has brought out facts, especially regarding the 1970 and 1971 demonstrations in the eastern U.S., that were unfamiliar to me.
This was an extraordinary time in our history, one which has not been matched since--unless perhaps now since the Arab Spring and American Fall--and Zaroulis's book tells its tale well. The one weak point I see here is that the author's stance, which favors the more nonviolent and, at times, more liberal than radical threads in the Movement does in fact tip too far in this attitude--too far, I mean, to give the more radical elements their historical due or to always see their weak points as clearly as she sees those of the more "militant" resisters.
But this flaw, and the relative lack of material on West Coast aspects of the period's peace and justice movements, must be recognized as minor; this book is welcome and valuable, an important history of a stirring time.
If the anti-war movement is remembered at all today, it's through the distorted image of the foul-mouthed, rock-throwing, hate-filled protestor spitting on returning soldiers, an image designed to tar the very idea of honorable protest. This book is a valuable reminder of the truth about the anti-war movement: that it was largely made up of ordinary people appalled and deeply saddened by this country's actions in Vietnam. Did you know there were organized groups such as Businessmen for Peace? Housewives for Peace? Did you know that a majority of military bases in the USA published underground anti-war newspapers? You'll learn all that and more in this thoroughly researched history of a movement too many people would like to forget. Read and learn! In a society that would rather feel good about itself than examine its national conscience, it's good to know that some refuse to settle for complacency. Needless to say, this important book is currently out of print, like many of its kind - may they be reprinted soon!