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GALLERY VII - THE HOME FRONT

With increased American involvement in Vietnam came increased divisions in the fabric of everyday life in the United States. In addition to the war, Americans were in the midst of the Civil Right Movement, campus sit-ins, the "British Invasion" in music, the "Summer of Love," and widespread experimentation with drugs.

Central to this gallery will be a representation of the Oval Office with television consoles playing news reports of significant events both at home and abroad. Visitors will be exposed to the changes to American life from the relative calm of the 1950s. Pro and anti-war demonstrations will be seen through the Oval Office windows, and appropriate audio will surround the visitor with the sounds of the period.

While this gallery will look at the entire period of the Vietnam era, special attention will be given to 1968 because of the number of important events that occurred in that year.

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