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The response of the moderate wing of the Civil Rights Movement to the war in Vietnam

Hall, S. (2003) The response of the moderate wing of the Civil Rights Movement to the war in Vietnam. The Historical Journal, 46 (03). pp. 669-701. ISSN 1469-5103

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Abstract

This article explores the response of the moderate wing of the civil rights movement to the war in Vietnam. The moderates, made up of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Urban League, and leaders such as Bayard Rustin and A. Philip Randolph, were initially opposed to the civil rights movement taking a stand against the war. This reluctance was the result of a number of factors, including anti-communism and their own closeness with the administration of President Lyndon Johnson. Crucially, it also resulted from their own experiences of the black freedom struggle itself.

The article also documents and analyses the growing anti-war dissent amongst the moderates, culminating in the decision of both the NAACP and the Urban League to adopt an anti-war stance at the end of the 1960s. Despite this, they remained unenthusiastic about participating in peace movement activities, and the reasons for this are explained. Finally, the article suggests that the war was important in exposing existing divisions within the civil rights movement, as well as in generating new ones.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2003 Cambridge University Press.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of History (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Assistant
Date Deposited: 04 May 2006
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2014 23:34
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X03003200
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0018246X03003200
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1196

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