Vietnam and the Vote
Lady Bird Johnson: Religion, Social Issues and Reform
Skill: Middle School
Time Required: Three to four class periods
During the time of the Vietnam War men and women were being drafted at the age of 18 but were not permitted to vote until they turned 21. Many protestors and others were asking the question, “We are considered mature enough to die for our country in war, but not mature enough to vote?” It was argued that if a young man could work, pay taxes, and go to war for his country, he ought to have the right to vote for those in the federal, state, and local positions making the decisions about the war and issues about taxes.