During the past century, over 39 million American
soldiers have attended wars due to the decision of the government. Thus, the
name of their country, of which Americans are particularly proud, was thought
to be the “number one threat to the world peace”1.
The feeling of hopelessness when an average American cannot change anything led
different societies to connecting and fighting against their government. And,
while it seems, that the government should provide the citizens with pride and
trust, the citizens themselves had to fight for it.
is the fountainhead from which political discourse, beliefs about politics and
consequent actions ultimately spring.”2 Anti-Vietnam
war movement in the USA was full of creativity. Various forms of art had a
fundamental position in movements across the country. Participants of the
action created slogans, sung anti-war songs. This movement is overwhelming not only because it had a significant
impact on government’s decisions a few years after they began but also because
many different individuals – such as hippies, students, labour unions – with
divergent perspectives and aspirations were united towards the same goal and
fought against the government as one. The protests against the government,
especially in opposition to the Vietnam war, seem to have resulted in merging
societies: “At last, the effort put in the opposition of war paid off:
“Students, government officials, labour unions, church groups and middle class
families increasingly opposed the war as it climaxed in 1968, forcing a gradual
withdrawal of U.S. forces.”3 Thus, the role of art in the political
world seems to play a significant role while these two things may seem
1 Polls: US Is ‘the Greatest Threat to Peace in the World Today’.
(n.d.). Retrieved January 26, 2018, from https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/08/07/polls-us-greatest-threat-to-peace-world-today.html
M. J. (2003). From art to politics: how artistic creations shape political
conceptions. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press.
D. (2010, January). The US Anti-Vietnam
War Movement (1964-1973).