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The Vietnam War was the subject matter of many debates during the 1960’s and the 1970’s. War advocates and anti-war activists voiced their opinions all throughout the nation about our country's involvement in Vietnam. People from all walks of life, from politicians to hippies, spoke out about the war.It was made clear throughout the country that everyone had their own view on the war.
From New York to Los Angeles, demonstrations and rallies of either supporting or protesting against America's involvement in the Vietnam War were held everywhere. One of the main issues of debate was the federal draft.Young Americans across the country were being forced to leave behind their future to fight in Vietnam.Anti-war activists felt that American involvement in Vietnam was inadequate in helping to end the war and that the United States was involved for the wrong reasons. Others considered it as a patriotic duty to serve.
Regardless of ones attitude towards the war, many others agreed; therefore, those who strongly followed their beliefs were the ones to speak out and educate others about their perspectives. Among the most outspoken were these Americans:
1. Tim O'Brien, a U.S. veteran who served in Vietnam
2. Spiro T. Agnew, the vice president to Richard Nixon
3. John F. Kerry, also a Vietnam veteran and the former lieutenant governor
These men have attitudes toward the subject of the draft conscription and the ethics of complying or evading the draft.An analysis of their opinions will help Americans form their positions in the ongoing debate of conscription and the draft.
Although each activist supported a different position on the subject, good arguments were made from each side. Tim O'Brien was a Vietnam veteran and author who wrote about his experiences and tribulations during the war. In his book, On the Rainy Ri…