Immigration from the United States to Canada During the Vietnam War - Introduction
In the 1960s and 1970s, the United States witnessed profound social and political change. Involvement in the Vietnam War divided the country, and some individuals chose to come to Canada. Men who were drafted and did not want to participate in a war they did not believe in came to Canada, with or without the support of family and friends. Others came for different reasons, but were influenced by the overall climate of the war, as well as the Civil Rights Movement.
In this online gallery, you will meet ten people who came to Canada from the United States. They will talk about life in the United States during this time, and the decision to leave their country – and start new lives in Canada. In addition to listening or watching an excerpt from an oral history interview, for some of the people you can look at accompanying photographs and documents.
Learning about how individuals and families experience citizenship, war, and human rights, helps us personalize and understand these larger movements of history.
Life in the United States: Civil Rights, The Vietnam War, The Draft
Political Involvement and Divisiveness
Civil Rights Demonstrations
Leaving the United States
Decision to Come to Canada
Difficulties Leaving Home
Family Reaction to Leaving
Guilt About Leaving
Life for Family Left Behind
Life in Canada
Americans as Non-Immigrants
Immigrant vs Belonging
Back to the Land
Reactions to a War Resister