Peace movement

Peace Movement Timeline

  • Nuclear Arms Race

    The nuclear arms race gave headway for founders Morman Cousins and Clarence Pickett to start The National Committe for a Sane Nuclear Policy.
  • College Emergance

    It came about on college campuses across the country that would start the Student Peace Union (SPU).
  • Activism Rises

    The Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) came to arise out of the SPU's decline in activism and ultimately grew the SDS as a stronger organization towards the Peace Movement.
  • The Port Harrington Statement

    59 SDS members met with Harrington, the reviver of SDS, at a conference held in Michigan. This culminated the Port Harrington Statment that expressed the "disillusionment" with our acadamia, defenses, and industrial establisments.
  • Cohesive activism between Movements

    The bridge between Civil Rights and Anti-War was the Free Speech Movement (FSM) at the University of California Berklee in December. This was started by students that had participated in the Civil Rights event in Mississipi called Freedom Summer.
  • First Catalyst

    U.S. Began bombing Vietnma territory. In both Febuary and March organizers of the SDS marched on the Oakland Army Terminal in efforts to stop the departure of troops to Southeast Asia.
  • The Start of Revolt

    On the 17th of April somewhere between 15,000-25,000 people united at the capital in revolt.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr's discussion on the War

    In an article written for the Chicago Defender, Martin Luther King, Jr expresses his support for the anti-war movement on moral grounds.
  • Discussion of Outrage

    1,000 seminarians from across the country wrote to Robert McNamara, the Secretary of Deffense, in efforts to raise consious objection to the war on terms of moral grounds.
  • McNamara's Consequence

    It was President Linden B. Johnson that fired Defense Secretary McNamara after the secretary had openly expressed his concern about the justifications of the war. This was McNamara's concern after recieving letters of public consiousness.
  • Societies Change on Government Action

    The Tet Offensive was a suprise attack on Vietnamese that rippled into what started the Vietnma War. Americans began to question the administrations veracity in reporting war progress and contributed to Johnsons decision to retire.
  • Democratic National Convention

    At the Democratic National Convention peace ativists and police came at clashes with one another. This demonstrated the divided nature of the American society and shed light on continuing conflict.
  • March on Washington Part II

    In November of 1969 Washington was entrhalled with an asstounding estimated 500,000 activists in uproar to the escalating war movement.
  • Kent State Shooting

    On May 4th National Guardsmen fired onto a croup of student protesters at Kent University. The guards killed 4 and wounded 16 students.
  • End of U.S. Involvement

    It was announced by Nixon in January that the end of U.S. involvement in the war had seized.