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"Negro Opposition to the War Has Increased, Poll Shows." New York Times, June 24, 1969, p. 14.

Two Gallup polls, one conducted in 1966 and the other in 1969, show the increase in opposition to the Vietnam War among African-Americans. The number of African-Americans opposed to the war increased from 35% in 1966 to 56% in 1969. In 1966 25% saw draft laws as unfair to African-Americans; in 1969 the number rose to 47%. In general, African-Americans increasingly came to distrust their government. Whereas in 1966, 74% saw the federal government as helpful to African-Americans, in 1969 the number plummeted to 25%.

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