Vietnam War Moratorium Demonstration

Millions marched against the Vietnam War outside the White House
Millions marched against the Vietnam War outside the White House

Historical Context

It was the largest-ever demonstration in US history at that time, with an estimated 2 million talking part around the country. Protests were mostly peaceful, protesters wore black armbands as a mark of both their opposition to the war and also to commemorate the 45,000 US soldiers killed in the conflict so far.

Protests entered on the capital Washington D.C. where 500,000 demonstrators gathered to demand President Richard Nixon bring the war to a close. The day was significant for the participation of middle class and middle aged demonstrators, an indication of just how unpopular the war had become in America.

Photo Info


Date taken: November 15, 1969
Location taken: Washington D.C., USA

Source: UC Berkeley Library Society

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