Protesting the War

Unlike many other U.S. wars, the Vietnam War was not wholeheartedly supported at home. As the war dragged on and reports of its devastation and cost intensified, many Americans, including Minnesotans, began to protest against the war, especially those who might be sent to fight in it. College and university students on campuses like St. Cloud State University organized demonstrations against the war and the government. These events incorporated speakers, music, and marches into the surrounding community.

As the 1969-70 St. Cloud State University student senate president Larry Meyer explained in a 1982 interview:

"I did get caught up in the tremendous political fervor that there was on campus at the time. There was a lot of activists and a lot of interests in maybe non-academic areas, and just social causes. Recounting the time, it seemed so critically important to all of us, probably more so than going to classes and ever graduating."

Larry Meyer

Below are some photographs from a Vietnam War protest held on the St. Cloud State University campus, followed by a march downtown, in May 1970:

In May 1972, St. Cloud students held another demonstration against the war called the “Day of Peace.” Protesters carrying anti-war signs took to the streets after a program of speeches and music.

The January 1973 protest began at Stewart Hall at St. Cloud State College. Students marched from the campus to the St. Cloud Civic Center downtown and held a rally against the war.


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