Vietnam: An Antiwar Comic Book

Book – Non-fiction. By Julian Bond and illustrated by T. G. Lewis. 1967. 19 pages.
This “graphic novel” from the 1960s was written to provide a critical analysis of the Vietnam War in an easy to read format.

  • Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School | Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction

This comic book was written in 1967 to provide the history and a critical analysis of the Vietnam War in an easy to read format. Julian Bond wrote the book after he was expelled from the Georgia House of Representatives for opposing the war in Vietnam.

Julian Bond, a founder of the Atlanta sit-in movement and of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), makes the connection in the comic book between the struggles of the Vietnamese and the struggles of African Americans for self-determination and human rights.

This is an invaluable primary document for the classroom.

The book is out of print but available for free online. It is also reprinted in full in Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching. See sample pages below.

© Julian Bond. Made available online by The Sixties Project.

Julian Bond AJC

After a grassroots campaign, Julian Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representative in 1965 with 82% of the vote. But the Georgia state legislature refused to swear him in because of his endorsed SNCC’s opposition to the Vietnam War. Bond wrote the comic book while fighting for the right to hold his elected position. By Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Vietnam Comic Book | Zinn Education Project

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  • I lived in this era. We need to get more information out about it. There are too many young people who actually have no idea about Vietnam or the Civil Rights Movement.

    Response shared by Carolyn Eberly — August 17, 2015 @ 2:44 pm

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