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Beloit: Sons and Daughters in War and Peace

Korea and Vietnam

When it came to the Korean and Vietnam Wars, Beloit student reactions were different than they had been previously. Based on reports from the student paper, the Round Table, the Korean War passed without much notice. In contrast, the Vietnam War began with some support but soon students became much more critical. As they did, participation in protests became a part of life at Beloit. One Army recruiter chose to leave campus rather than have violence continue breaking out over his presence, but most students were respectful and peaceful despite differences of opinion, and some even apologized to the recruiter.

This time in American history marked a real shift between generations; many in the older generations believed in national service while younger individuals were growing discontent and were part of marking the beginnings of a trend toward anti-military sentiment which would continue to grow.


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