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Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks The Vietnam Antiwar Movement As Myth and Memory

ISBN-10: 0801478561
ISBN-13: 9780801478567
Edition: 2013
Authors: Penny Lewis
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 5/7/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

In the popular imagination, opposition to the Vietnam War was driven largely by college students and elite intellectuals, while supposedly reactionary blue-collar workers largely supported the war effort. In Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks, Penny Lewis challenges this collective memory of class polarization. Through close readings of archival documents, popular culture, and media accounts at the time, she offers a more accurate "counter-memory" of a diverse, cross-class opposition to the war in Southeast Asia that included the labor movement, working-class students, soldiers and veterans, and Black Power, civil rights, and Chicano activists.Lewis investigates why the image of antiwar class division gained such traction at the time and has maintained such a hold on popular memory since. Identifying the primarily middle-class culture of the early antiwar movement, she traces how the class interests of its first organizers were reflected in its subsequent forms. The founding narratives of class-based political behavior, Lewis shows, were amplified in the late 1960s and early 1970s because the working class, in particular, lacked a voice in the public sphere, a problem that only increased in the subsequent period, even as working-class opposition to the war grew. By exposing as false the popular image of conservative workers and liberal elites separated by an unbridgeable gulf, Lewis suggests that shared political attitudes and actions are, in fact, possible between these two groups.

Penny Lewis is Assistant Professor of Labor Studies at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, City University of New York.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Collective Memory of Vietnam Antiwar Sentiment and Protest
The Antiwar Movement: A Liberal Elite?
Middle-Class Cultures and the Movement's Early Years
Countercurrents in the Movement: Complicating the Class Base
Countermemory I: "A Rich Man's War and a Poor Man's Fight"
Countermemory II: GIs and Veterans Join the Movement
Hardhat Hawks?: Working-class Conservatism
Anticipation of the Class Divide
Hardhats versus Elite Doves: Consolidation of the Image
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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