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PEACEST 1A03 Lecture 3: The New Left and Vietnam

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McMaster University
Peace Studies
Colin Mc Cullough

PEACEST 1A03 The New Left and Vietnam February 27, 2017 The New Left - Any movement that starts after the second world war, and tends to include specifically young people - The Old Left was basically made up of the older working class - Argued for greater social equality - Made up of younger people, not focused on economic issues exclusively like the “old” Left - VOW in Canada is one example - Most prominent group is the Student for a Democratic Society (SDS) - Issue Port Huron Statement in 1962 - One of the key organizers of the 1965 March on Washington The SDS and its problems - Much of their support comes from university campuses - Teach-ins, sit-ins and occupations of administration buildings become common across North America throughout the second half of the 1960s - Calls for reform in education unite with demands to get Reserve Officers Training Corps and Dow Chemical off campuses as recruiters - Never respect women’s rights, are not about full equality - Agent Orange was a chemical part od the chemical warfare but it was created to destroy the vegetation in Vietnam - Criticism of the New left, very disrespectful against women - SDS was primary young white males Speaking Truth to Power: A Quaker Alternative to Violence - Bayard Rustin is one of the authors of this 1955 pamphlet - Widely read by Civil Rights and New Left - Truth: “love endures and overcomes; that hatred destroys” - Want people to take action for peace, engage in non-violent resistance towards war; maintain goodwill towards opposition soldiers; never perform acts of violence - Inspiration for teach-in, sit-in and protests The Tet Offensive and the My Lai Massacre - Major turning poi
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