For many U.S. soldiers in Vietnam, music was the connection between battlefront and homefront and helped them cope with the complexities of the war. And it helped many of those who came home to heal. Author Doug Bradley talks about the popular tunes of the era and plays clips from songs that had significant resonance for those in the field and the veterans who returned home.
During the Vietnam conflict, battles on the homefront went beyond anti-war protests. Activists gathered in support of many cultural movements: civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights, rights for students and workers, and protections for the environment. UMKC history professors Rebecca Davis and Sandra Enriquez examine the protests of the ’60s and compare them with those of today.