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Paul Soglin (1:44) video | transcript

World War Two had a very profound effect on us in part because what it did to our parents. The Second World War was a war that was fought for liberty, for justice, to stop oppression, to stop genocide. We really believed that.

Our parents' generation came out of that war destined to make the world better. They had fought in that war and they truly believed this is not a war of slogans, this truly was the forces of good and what happened is our parents were in their twenties and thirties at the time of the war and as we're raised in the 1950s and we're taught about the war, we start taking all of that very seriously. We start taking that rhetoric as being very meaningful and real.

That's why I think our generation embraced the Civil Rights movement. That's why we had a very different perspective about Vietnam and that is why we were so troubled by what our government was doing in Vietnam because it so contradicted what we had stood for in World War Two.

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