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Spiro Agnew Denounces Student Movement

On October 15, 1969, millions took part in the Vietnam Moratorium, a nationwide demonstration against the war in Vietnam. Four days later, in a speech delivered in New Orleans, Vice President Spiro Agnew causes a controversy when he attacks the supporters of the moratorium.

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