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November 21, 1950
Central Files Decimal Number 762B.00

America in Protest: Records of Anti-Vietnam War Organizations - Vietnam Veterans Against the War

Summary
America in Protest: Records of Anti-Vietnam War Organizations – Vietnam Veterans Against the War offers FBI reports dealing with every aspect of antiwar work carried out by the VVAW. Researchers will also find reports on surveillance of other antiwar groups and individuals, with an emphasis on campus groups like Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and Communist organizations.

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Date Range: 1967-1975
Content: 20,117 pages
Source Library: Federal Bureau of Investigation Library

Description
The collection’s wide range of activist-written position papers supports research in political science, American history and radical studies. In many instances these papers were open letters to the broad antiwar movement, incorporating topics such as sexism and racism in the movement, the struggle for amnesty, and the debate on pacifism as a strategic tactic. The anti-imperialism  controversy, an ever-present debate in the movement, pervades numerous position papers.

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Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) launched in 1967 with six veterans marching for peace in New York City. Their mission: give voice to the returning service members who opposed the ongoing war in Southeast Asia. During this time, the Federal Bureau of Investigation maintained surveillance of the VVAW through 1975, when the United States ended its presence in Vietnam. More than four decades later VVAW – 30,000 strong – still exists, makeing this Archives Unbound collection highly relevant for scholars interested in today’s antiwar movement and its history during the Vietnam War era.

This collection opens with numerous reports, newsletters and position papers, as well as an FBI overview on the leading antiwar organizations during the Vietnam War era. In-depth reports include surveillance of national and steering committee meetings where decisions and elections took place.

America in Protest also includes legal cases revolving around constitutional rights, wiretapping and civil rights. Plaintiffs included students, veterans and activists who sued on the grounds that their civil liberties were infringed upon.

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