The Vietnam War divided the United States, leaving cultural scars that persist today. As the war raged, protests erupted at hundreds of college campuses, and tens of thousands of people marched on Washington demanding an end to the conflict. What made the Vietnam War so contentious? In this lesson, students investigate images of the war, study a timeline of opposition to it, and read anti-war speeches to determine why so many Americans opposed the war in Vietnam.
Note: This lesson plan contains strong images of violence that may not be appropriate for younger students.
Image: Photo of 1971 protest against the Vietnam War in Washington, D.C., taken by Leena Krohn. From the Wikimedia Commons.