[act-ma] 11/22 HARDHATS, HIPPIES, AND HAWKS: The Vietnam antiwar movement as myth and memory (Sat)

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Fri Nov 14 07:24:49 PST 2014

Massachusetts Global Action, The William Joiner Center UMASS-Boston, 
Chelsea United Against the War, Veterans for Peace & Massachusetts Peace 
Invite you to Dr. Penny Lewis’ Book-Presentation

The Vietnam antiwar movement as myth and memory
Introduction by Antonio “Tony” Molina,
President of the Puerto Rican Veteran Monument Square Association, 
Boston, MA.

Venue: MIT 6 - 120, 77 Mass Ave Cambridge
Time: 2 pm
Date: Saturday, November 22nd, 2014


Even today the prevalent view to the social movement that arose to 
oppose the Vietnam War in the 1960s is that it was comprised mostly of 
young, liberal, affluent upper-middle class white males, energetic and 
courageous college students and elite intellectuals - the “Doves.” On 
the other hand, those who supported the Government and the War were 
mostly white blue-collar workers, members of the labor movement, 
working-class students,  veterans and active duty military, the “Hawks” 
as well as African-American, Chicanos and Puerto Ricans.

In her book Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks, sociologist Penny Lewis 
challenges this traditional collective memory of class and racial and 
ethnic polarization that characterized the Anti-Vietnam War movement. 
She offers to audiences a more accurate "counter-memory" of a diverse, 
cross-class opposition to the war in Southeast Asia.  According to Lewis 
“But this memory of the Vietnam era contains only half-truths, and 
overall it is a falsehood. The notion that liberal elites dominated the 
antiwar movement has served to obfuscate a more complex story. 
Working-class opposition to the war was significantly more widespread 
than is remembered, and parts of the movement found roots in 
working-class communities and politics.”​

Dr. Penny Lewis is an Associate Professor and Academic Director of Labor 
Studies programs at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education 
at the City University of New York. She holds a B.A. from Brown 
University and a Ph.D. in sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center. Prior 
to her academic career, Dr. Lewis has worked as a union organizer and 
has been actively involved in various labor and community organizations, 
including Jobs with Justice. At present, she serves as a university-wide 
officer in the Graduate Center faculty chapter leadership for the 
Professional Staff Congress, the union that represents CUNY's faculty 
and staff.

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