The South Revisited

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By Howard Zinn • The Nation • September 20, 1965


“Affirmation Vietnam,” held on Lincoln’s Birthday and trumpeted all over the city for weeks in advance, was to draw an overflow crowd to the new 50,000-seat Atlanta Stadium and declare thunderous support for American policy in Vietnam. The stands were seven-eighths empty on February 12. For one thing, it rained all day. Perhaps, also, the attendance reflected the fact that support for the war, though still [felt] by a majority of Americans, is polite and passive.

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