The People Make the Peace
The People Make the Peace

The People Make the Peace

Lessons from the Vietnam Antiwar Movement


272 Pages, 6 x 9

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Publication Date: September 2015

ISBN 9781935982593


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Forty years after the Vietnam War ended, many in the United States still struggle to come to terms with this tumultuous period of U.S. history. The domestic antiwar movement, with cooperation from their Vietnamese counterparts, played a significant role in ending the War, but few have examined its impact until now. In The People Make the Peace, nine U.S. activists discuss the parts they played in opposing the War at home and their risky travels to Vietnam in the midst of the conflict to engage in people-to-people diplomacy. In 2013, the "Hanoi 9" activists revisited Vietnam together; this book presents their thoughtful reflections on those experiences, as well as the stories of five U.S. veterans who returned to make reparations. Their successes in antiwar organizing will challenge the myths that still linger from that era, and inspire a new generation seeking peaceful solutions to war and conflict today. Contributors include: Jay Craven, Rennie Davis, Judy Gumbo, Alex Hing, Doug Hostetter, Frank Joyce, Nancy Kurshan, Myra MacPherson, John McAuliff, Becca Wilson


As young adults in the 1960s and 1970s, the nine people featured in this book—including co-editor Frank Joyce, Rennie Davis, Judy Gumbo, Alex Hing, and others—worked to end the U.S. war in Vietnam. Independently of each other, while the United States was still at war, nearly all of them travelled to North Vietnam, risking physical harm and charges of treason back home. In 2013, they all revisited Vietnam in a trip organized by the editors of this book. The People Make the Peace presents their reflections on those experiences, providing thoughtful and well informed reflections on a war and an era that deeply affected the United States and the world.

Author Biography

Karín Aguilar-San Juan is an associate professor of American Studies at Macalester College. Her book Little Saigons: Staying Vietnamese in America examined the role of place for Vietnamese Americans. In a 1994 edited volume, she gave visibility to Asian-American activism for that generation. Frank Joyce, a lifelong political activist, heads the board of a media production nonprofit supporting the anti-hate movement Not In Our Town (NIOT). He and his wife divide their time between Detroit and Paso Robles, Calif. He is a longtime board member for the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR).