Saturday, October 21, 2017


Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the well-known anti-war march on the Pentagon.  A demonstration of 100,000 people started at the Lincoln Memorial and then many moved over the Lincoln Memorial Bridge and continued on to the Pentagon.  Some violence ensued. 

Norman Mailer chronicled the developments in his book “The Armies of the Night,” a hybrid work which combined journalism and fiction; it was identified as “New Journalism.”   Mailer received a Pulitzer Prize for it.  He also successfully sought to be arrested at the demonstration and was briefly incarcerated at the prison in Lorton, Virginia, about seven miles from my current house.

I was a junior in high school at the time, but remember the news coverage, all part of the continuing anti-war protests that had become more common by 1967.  Ken Burns highlights this march, including the violence, in his recent series.  America was becoming bitterly divided. 


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