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What effect or effects did the antiwar movement have on American society in the 1960s?

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kerryloo22 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted May 10, 2012 at 5:00 PM via web

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What effect or effects did the antiwar movement have on American society in the 1960s?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 10, 2012 at 5:06 PM (Answer #1)

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The anti-war movement had two main effects on American society.

First, the movement helped to erode support for the war.  This led to a decrease in American involvement and the eventual withdrawal of US forces in 1973.

Second, the movement helped lead to a major split in American society.  The anti-war movement was part of the broader counterculture that changed American society.  It helped to create a split between Americans who believed in traditional moral values and traditional ideas of patriotism (Richard Nixon's "Silent Majority") and those who wanted to move to newer and more liberal ways.  This split continues to affect American society today.

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