Mainstream media/alternative media: Late 1960s and early 1970s anti-Vietnam war protests, social and political background notes

by James K. Sayre

The newspapers and television stations were generally supportive of the growing Civil Rights movement. On the other hand, they were also very supportive of President Lyndon Johnson's rapidly escalating commitments of men and material into the Vietnam War. This war support gave rise to the counterculture's "underground" small weekly newspapers, which sprouted up in most major American cities and in many college communities as well. These ranged from The Berkeley Barb in Berkeley, California to the Village Voice in New York City. : Background sketch



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