Click the photo above and
listen and critique Buffalo Springfield's song "For What It's Worth".
Most of the young men who
served in the military (almost 2 million) during the Vietnam War volunteered. Of those young men who were drafted, 35% where killed
in battle. Lots of protest songs
were recorded during this era.
One song by Credence Clearwater Revival was called Fortunate Son. It implied that if you were rich or the son of a Congressman or Senator you could avoid the war. There was some truth to this. However, many young
men from all the the social classes
participated on the battlefields of Vietnam. The generation of young men who fought in Vietnam came from the fathers who had fought in Korea and in World War
ll. Men, at that time believed it was their
duty to fight for thelr country and defend the freedom of everyday Americans against the evils of Communism. It was an odd and horrific time
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