Napalm Protests, 1966

Napalm Protests At Factories and Naval Base

Concord and Redwood City, California, Protests, 1966

December, 1966, Napalm Protest at Port Chicago, California
December, 1966, Napalm Protest at Port Chicago, California

U.S. use of napalm bombs in Vietnam created outrage and shame across the country and around the world.

“Napalm is a thickening/gelling agent generally mixed with petroleum or a similar fuel for use in an incendiary device, initially against buildings and later primarily as an anti-personnel weapon that sticks to skin and causes severe burns when on fire… From 1965 to 1969, the Dow Chemical Company manufactured napalm B for the American armed forces. After news reports of napalm B’s deadly and disfiguring effects were published, Dow Chemical experienced some boycotts of all its products, and its recruiters for new chemists, chemical engineers, etc., graduating from college were subject to campus boycotts. The management of the Dow Chemical Company decided that “its first obligation was the government.” Meanwhile, napalm B became a symbol for the Vietnam War.”  From

Protesters in the Bay Area picketed, rallied, and blocked entrances where it was manufactured and shipped.  Harvey captured these protests in his films No Greater Cause and Hot Damn!.  The photos in this gallery came from these events. Buy or license these photos.

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