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ResisterA Story of Protest and Prison during the Vietnam War$
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Bruce Dancis

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452420

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452420.001.0001

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Did We End the War? Did Draft Resistance Matter?

Did We End the War? Did Draft Resistance Matter?

(p.325) Chapter Eighteen Did We End the War? Did Draft Resistance Matter?

Bruce Dancis

Cornell University Press

The author concludes this book by arguing that the antiwar movement was right in opposing the Vietnam War. He first considers the economic and political problems facing a unified Vietnam after the war ended in April 1975, as well as the humanitarian crisis that arose in the aftermath of the conflict. He contends that the new communist government of a united Vietnam made a number of bad decisions that compounded the country’s woes and goes on to discuss the economic and political reforms initiated by the government since the mid-1980s. He also reflects on the antiwar movement’s role in ending the war in Vietnam, along with the impact of draft resistance on the war and the antiwar movement. Finally, the author explains how draft resistance affected the rest of his life.

Keywords:   antiwar movement, Vietnam War, Vietnam, reforms, draft resistance, humanitarian crisis

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