chapter  2
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Key Events

During 1965 the escalation of the war in Vietnam was accompanied by a growing domestic debate over the wisdom of America’s military involvement. One of the earliest and most dramatic manifestations of this unease emerged on the nation’s college campuses in the form of the “teach-in.” A mix of direct-action protest and academic seminar, teach-ins offered a forum for the exchange of views between supporters and opponents of the administration’s policy in Vietnam (although the frequent refusal of pro-war speakers to participate meant that, in practice, the teach-ins tended to evolve into a vehicle for antiwar protest).