The day of the biggest protest against the Vietnam War – level 2


1969 wasn’t a good year for the USA. Coffins with soldiers’ bodies were coming back from Vietnam where Americans were fighting. The Vietnam War affected more and more Americans.

People had enough. They didn’t like the war. People started to demonstrate to end the war.

On November 15, 1969, more than half a million people met in Washington D.C., USA. People went through the streets and they wanted one thing: to end the war.

There were demonstrations in other American cities, too. A total of 2 million people demonstrated on that day.

The protests were strong. But it took three more years for the US army to leave Vietnam.

Difficult words: coffin (a long box for a dead body), affect (to change somebody’s situation), demonstrate (to protest against something), total (the final number).

What effects did the protests in November 1969 have on social and political change in the United States?


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