The anti-war movement during the course of the Vietnam War impacted American society and attempted to influence US foreign policy in Southeast Asia through various means. The anti-war movement began with mass demonstrations and protest actions before shifting to active resistance, including militancy in some instances. By the end of the Vietnam War, the anti-war movement led to an emergence of identity politics and a splintering of the Left in the United States. This lesson plan is designed to provide students with the context of the anti-war movement and the evolution from mass demonstrations to active resistance between 1964 and 1967. A more in-depth unit plan would tackle the issue of identity politics and the final outcome of the anti-war movement on American society. Thus, this single day lesson plan serves as a primer for later topics.
The lesson plan, which is available as a PDF download here, is aligned to the following Ohio Department of Education Social Studies Standards:
- American History Content Statement 4: Historians analyze cause, effect, sequence and correlation in historical events, including multiple causation and long- and short-term causal relations.
- American History Content Statement 31: Political debates focused on the extent of the role of government in the economy, environmental protection, social welfare and national security.
- Contemporary World Issues Content Statement 6: Effective civic participation involves identifying problems or dilemmas, proposing appropriate solutions, formulating action plans, and assessing the positive and negative results of actions taken.