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Vietnam War Protestors Confront M.P.s with Flowers

A Vietnam-era photograph shows a standoff between antiwar protesters and military police. The demonstration, which took place on October 21, 1967, included a march to the Pentagon, where "Yippies" Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin led a mock "exorcism" of the building. As many as 100,000 people took part in the protest, which also involved several exchanges similar to the one depicted in the photograph.

Source | Department of Defense, "Photograph of a Female Demonstrator Offering a Flower to a Military Police Officer, 10/21/1967," 21 October 1967, from the National Archives,
Creator | Department of Defense
Item Type | Photograph
Cite This document | Department of Defense, “Vietnam War Protestors Confront M.P.s with Flowers,” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed April 18, 2024,

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