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Photograph from the U.S. Campaign.
Dwight Macdonald Papers. Manuscripts & Archives, Yale University.

Anna Gorovoy 09, Dwight Macdonald and the Vietnam War

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This photograph was sent to Macdonald by the U.S. Campaign, a group of Americans in West Berlin, along with photocopies of German newspaper articles of publicity that the group had received abroad for their April and May 1967 anti-war marches. They asked Macdonald to help the group become known in the United States through his positions at the New Yorker or Esquire, as Macdonald was by then using Esquire as a platform for political persuasion.

The protest image exemplifies opposition to the war through non-violent demonstration. This march was one of many demonstrations that took place—on one occasion, simultaneously in eighty major cities all over the world—over the course of the Vietnam War. Other events included teach-ins, the “Human Be-In,” strikes, and sit-ins held by teachers, students and other objectors. These methods were relatively more visible and confrontational ways by which those against the war were able to make their voices heard.