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The American South and the Vietnam WarBelligerence, Protest, and Agony in Dixie$
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Joseph A. Fry

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813161044

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813161044.001.0001

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The American South and the Vietnam War
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Joseph A. Fry

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813161044.003.0007

Although a decided majority of southern students were more conservative and less activist than students nationally, a distinct and embattled minority of antiwar dissidents on Dixie’s campuses mounted unprecedented protests. In so doing, they confronted the hostility of their peers, campus administrators, local officials, the southern media, and regional political leaders. Still, like antiwar students nationally, these protestors helped to keep the war’s agonies before the American people, to restrain the Johnson and Nixon administrations, and to convince local and national leaders that ending the war was essential to restoring domestic order and tranquility. This chapter examines the motives, actions, and influence of pro- and antiwar, white, black, and Chicano students in the South. Particular attention is given to student responses to the US invasion of Cambodia and the subsequent student deaths at Kent State University and Jackson State College in 1970.

Keywords:   student protests, student strikes, Southern Student Organizing Committee, ROTC, Vietnam Moratorium Day, Cambodian invasion, Kent State University, Jackson State College, Alexander Heard

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