The only government sponsored festival of sex, drugs, rock n roll in U.S. history
In late August 1970, President Richard Nixon was scheduled to speak at the American Legion national convention in Portland. The Portland-based People's Army Jamboree announced it would hold a concurrent event to protest the Vietnam War. The FBI told Gov Tom McCall he should expect 25,000 Legionnaires and 50,000 anti-war demonstrators to clash in Portland and top the mayhem of the 1968 Democratic Party convention in Chicago. Fearing that radicals might foment violence against the Legionnaires, a few Portland hippies proposed a free rock festival outside Portland as an alternative. The hippies asked McCall for a place to hold it. He gave them a state park and told local and state law enforcement officials to lay off.
Green broke with President Johnson and all but a handful of her House colleagues with her early opposition to the build-up of U.S. troops in Vietnam. She was one of only seven House members to vote against President Johnson’s request in 1965 for funding the escalation of military involvement there.