15. Jane Fonda: American Patriot or Traitor?
One of the most divisive eras in American
is the Vietnam era. The Vietnam era for
United States ran roughly from 1960 through 1975.
the mid to late 60s, America's involvement became
huge issue. The conflict in Vietnam was divisive
many reasons, but mostly because of the public's
that it was an immoral and illegal operation.
other major factor was that the U.S. was
engaged in drafting young men into the service
the country against their will.
One of Hollywood's
film stars of the time was Jane Fonda.
came from Hollywood movie royalty, being the daughter
the great actor, Henry Fonda. She won two
, seven Golden Globe awards, and an Emmy award
her long career. In the 60s she was
political activist who was against the war in
. She was very outspoken against the conflict, as
celebrities were at the time.
In 1970, Fonda
headlines for a very different reason. She and
fellow actors starred in an anti-war film that
much controversy. In July of 1972, Fonda drew
wrath of many Americans when she was photographed
with North Vietnamese Army members on an anti-aircraft
. That image soiled her reputation as an actress,
as a true American. Many called Fonda a
for interacting with the enemy. Years later, Fonda
that she was manipulated into taking that photo,
many Americans still have their doubts.
to North Vietnam, which was at war with
U.S. backed South Vietnam, Fonda made a number
radio broadcasts denouncing America's involvement in the war.
further cemented her image as a traitor. However,
are many Americans who feel she was a
patriot because she refused to stand still and
out against the war.