Vietnam: The Home Front
The Draft
One of the most contentious issues
in a contentious war
Could we have fought the war without a draft?
The Draft
The First Draft Lottery
December 1, 1969
Washington, DC
Determined order of draft for 1970
Young men 19 to 26 years old
The Draft
The draft ended in 1973
The registration requirement was suspended in 1975
but was reinstated in 1980 in response to the Soviet
invasion of Afghanistan
Peace Movement
On the other hand …
August 1969
Officially “The Woodstock Music & Art Fair
August 1969
Unofficially: The biggest rave / love-in / anti-war protest in US history
An estimated 300,000-500,000 attended over three days
On the other hand …
(Disclaimer: I wasn’t there!)
The Home Front
Music of Vietnam
Sing Along
Music of Vietnam
The Vietnam Song
Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag
Country Joe and the Fish
Woodstock, 1969
Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag
Country Joe and the Fish
Come on all of you big strong men
Uncle Sam needs your help again
he's got himself in a terrible jam
way down yonder in Viet Nam
put down your books and pick up a gun
we're gonna have a whole lotta fun
And it's one, two, three, what are we fighting for
Don't ask me I don't give a damn,
My next stop is Viet Nam
And it's five, six, seven, open up the pearly gates
It ain't no time to wonder why,
whoopee we're all gonna die
We Gotta Get Out of This Place
YouTube (3:27)
We Gotta Get Out of This Place
In this dirty old part of the city
Where the sun refused to shine
People tell me there ain't no use in tryin'
Now my girl you're so young and pretty
And one thing I know is true
You'll be dead before your time is due, I know.
Watch my daddy in bed a dyin'
Watch his hair been turnin' gray
He's been workin' and slavin' his life away.
Oh Yes, I know
He's been workin' so hard
And I been workin' too, baby.
Every night and day
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
We gotta get out of this place!
If it's the last thing we ever do ...
We gotta get out of this place,
Girl, there's a better life ... for me and you
On the other hand …
Ballad of the Green Beret
SSgt Barry Sadler
YouTube 2:46
Vietnam: The Final Chapter
Lesson 30
Finishing Touches
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