The anti-war protests may be only a shadow of the demonstrations against the war in Vietnam. Although the war is bitterly controversial, are most Americans disconnected? On Reporter’s Notebook, examining John F. Kennedy's assassination.
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Christian Weller, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
The University of Wisconsin was a hotbed of protest during the Vietnam War. Today, the war in Iraq has divided Americans almost as much, but you wouldn’t know that by visiting the Madison campus. Today, the war in Iraq has divided Americans almost as much but you wouldn't know that by visiting campuses. Previous conflicts were fought in part by Ivy League graduates and others in America's ruling elite. They signed up or they were drafted. However, the volunteers in Iraq come mostly from rural and lower-middle class America. Although the war is bitterly controversial, are most Americans disconnected? Is there a growing lack of commitment to public service or active citizenship? We hear from students at a state university and private military college, a former congressman and the author-father of a former enlisted serviceman.
Ben White, Junior, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Steve Robitaille, Senior, Norwich University
Tom Andrews, National Director, Win Without War
Frank Schaeffer, son of evangelical Francis Schaeffer
Do we now have the last word on John F. Kennedy's assassination?
Vincent Bugliosi, Former prosecutor in the L.A. County District Attorney’s office
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