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January 30, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Pete Seeger: Shared feelings through his music during the Vietnam War

Pete Seeger, when he was 85, on his porch above the Hudson River at Beacon, N.Y., in 2004. (JIM MCKNIGHT / AP)

Reading about Pete Seeger’s legacy, I’m reminded about how deeply divided the country was in the 1960s over the Vietnam War [“Pete Seeger raised his voice for people, peace and justice,” Opinion, Jan. 28].

At the time, I was a University of Washington student in political science. The department was split over U.S. involvement, with establishment professors leaning to staying the course in Vietnam and other professors arguing against it. I came to share the view of one professor who studied France’s intervention in Vietnam, and how the French were bogged down for years in an unpopular war.

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