Tet Offensive Reshapes the Vietnam War
North Vietnam’s surprise attack on the South during the holiday of Tet altered the entire course of the Vietnam War. Morale among U.S. and South Vietnamese troops was crushed, and Americans back home increasingly wondered why their soldiers were there in the first place.
Why Did Columbia University Students Protest in 1968?
Learn how the Vietnam War and the construction of a gym on campus prompted Columbia University student groups to protest the administration in 1968. See how their numbers swelled into the thousands and inspired student protests all over the country.
History of Student Protests
Tiananmen Square On April 18, 1989, after the funeral of communist leader Hu Yaobang, thousands of students marched in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, to protest the oppressive communist government. The protests continued as students called for strikes and class boycotts. A few weeks later, on May 13, students began a hunger strike in Tiananmen […]
War Powers Act
What Is the War Powers Act? The War Powers Act—officially called the War Powers Resolution—was enacted in November 1973 over an executive veto by President Richard M. Nixon. The law’s text frames it as a means of guaranteeing that “the collective judgment of both the Congress and the President will apply” whenever the American armed […]