#OTD20 | October 15, 1969

The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam: A Nation's Cry for Peace

October 15, 1969: Hundreds of thousands across the U.S. unite in the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam.

On this day, America witnesses its largest antiwar protest as citizens from every corner voice their opposition to the Vietnam War.

From college campuses to city streets, peaceful protesters, students, and workers come together, showcasing a powerful collective dissent against the conflict.

Amidst a time of political unrest and societal upheaval, the Moratorium's vast scale displays a significant shift in public sentiment, emphasizing a profound desire for peace.

It is a day that marks the strength of the American people's voice, emphasizing that the nation's spirit thrives not just in agreement, but in its democratic right to peaceful protest and dissent.

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PBS

Watch a short video clip from the Ken Burns film: "THE VIETNAM WAR
Moratorium Protests, 1969"

International Center on Non-Violent Conflict

Explore "The US Anti-Vietnam War Movement (1964-1973)" at the website of the ICNC.

U.S. National Archives

Explore the online exhibit "Remembering Vietnam" at the website of the U.S. National Archives.

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