GUEST: Paul Krehbiel, long-time labor activist, anti-Vietnam war activist, author of ‘Shades of Justice: A Memoir’.
Forty years ago today, the day that Americans refer to as the Fall of Saigon took place in Vietnam, marking the end of the US War in Vietnam. Vietnamese refer to it as Reunification day or Liberation Day. It was the day that the Viet Cong, and other North Vietnamese forces, took over the capital of South Vietnam, renaming it from Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City and kicking off a communist-led government.
For American antiwar activists, April 30th 1975 marked the end of a spirited struggle against the US government. The antiwar movement here politicized thousands of young Americans in particular, and became a central part of the pantheon of progressive movements birthed during the 1960s and 70s.
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