The us military faced this question in vietnam its response would eventually change how the media covered war and how americans perceive it when americans think of being at war, they might think of images of their fellow citizens suffering we count the dead and wounded we follow veterans on. Harvard sitikoff following the end of america's combat role in vietnam in 1973, and the subsequent fall of saigon to the north vietnamese army (nva) in 1975, the often prophesied and much feared resurgence of mccarthyite red-baiting, the bitter accusations of who lost vietnam barely transpired rather than massive. Across some 7,000 pages, the secret history of the vietnam war disclosed that successive us presidents – from harry truman to lyndon johnson – had repeatedly misled voters about the war in indo-china most recently, they showed , president johnson had secretly expanded military operations into. 3) soldiers' feelings toward the vietnamese 4) drug and alcohol use 5) media effects after the war: 6) how exposure to the war affected soldiers physically and mentally 7) veteran attitudes toward americans once home (government, protestors, family, society) this paper will thoroughly discuss the psychological effects. And yet us policymakers never managed to fit military strategy to us goals in vietnam massive bombing had little effect against a decentralized economy like north vietnam's kennedy had favored counterinsurgency warfare in the south vietnamese countryside, and johnson endorsed this strategy, but the political side. Once media's view on the war was accessible to citizens, they began to see a difference in the way the war was being portrayed the media allowed the audience to see the reality of the war and what was going on politically us citizens felt betrayed by their government for painting a wrongful picture of the war the people. On the eyes of american people, government leaders were no longer credible the abrupt end of nixon's presidency with the watergate scandal only confirmed this sentiment the vietnam conflict totally changed the attitudes of a generation more and more american citizens became suspicious, skeptical.
Whilst african-americans were discriminated at home but also within the us armed forces, the effects of black power, the impact of the civil rights struggle and “the resurgence of black sub-cultural style, expressed money was being pumped into vietnam instead of poor black communities in america. The new medium and the lack of government censorship granted the average person living in the us unprecedented access to the vietnam war but how did this really impact what people thought about our involvement in vietnam in the first of several articles leading up to the new documentary series. The vietnam conflict impacted veterans in a variety of ways most combat soldiers witnessed violence and lost friends to the horrors of war the dedication of eight new names to the vietnam war memorial on 28 may 2001 brought the american death toll to 58,226, a number that will continue to rise as the classified. The vietnam war severely damaged the us economy unwilling to raise taxes to pay for the war, president johnson unleashed a cycle of inflation the war also weakened us military morale and undermined, for a time, the us commitment to internationalism the public was convinced that the pentagon had inflated.
Nixon had promised peace with honor, but as he weighed the consequences of american withdrawal, chief among his concerns was the potential effect on his reelection in 1972 if saigon fell to the north vietnamese nixon and his national- security adviser, henry kissinger, returned to this worry again and again, including. We are not unmindful of the hardships imposed upon a large group of american citizens but hardships are part of war, and war is an aggregation of hardships korematsu was not excluded from the west coast because of hostility to his race, but because the military authorities decided that the urgency of.
The pressures to exit vietnam produced two very different but highly consequential nixon white house decisions first, the opening to china was driven by cold war political realignment as american troops were departing asia in many respects, the trip to china had a bigger impact on future events than. The vietnam war and the media: vietnam became a subject of large-scale news coverage in the united states only after substantial numbers of us combat troops the february 1968 assessment by walter cronkite, the anchor of the cbs evening news (known as “the most trusted man in america”), that the conflict was. Television thus became “an electronic window on the world, shaping perceptions of the ordinary citizens and even affecting high-level policy decisions the war was never far away, it was right there in our living-rooms every night” (pike) on the other hand, it was michael j arlen, an armenian-american writer and author of. The diverse group of americans who were fighting generally had to listen to music together, if they wanted to listen at all and, bradley and werner note, that technological change is partly responsible for the myth that equivalent war and protest music is not being created today “there's a lot of very.
The people of america were very unsupportive of the vietnam war the nation had just begun to calm down from the aftermath of the second world war, and life was just beginning to return to normal citizens did not support the draft, and they believed that it was morally and politically wrong for the united states to be. The remarkable malleability of the vietnam analogy flows from at least two basic characteristics of the war and its place in american life since 1975 first debates over the lessons of the war, that is, tap into deep cleavages about the nature of the american political system, the obligations of citizens toward. The movement against us involvement in the vietnam war began small–among peace activists and leftist intellectuals on college campuses–but gained national prominence in 1965, after the united states began bombing north vietnam in earnest anti-war marches and other protests, such as the ones organized by. Following richard nixon's announcement that us troops would be sent into cambodia, protests began on college campuses throughout the nation at kent state university in ohio, four demonstrators were killed by shots fired by the ohio national guard of all the lessons learned from vietnam, one rings louder than all the.
In national 5 history read how the americans were unable to defeat the vietcong, and about american opposition to the war. Although the americans left vietnam in 1973, they continued to support the south vietnamese army - the arvn - with financial and military aid in april 1975 the south vietnamese regime collapsed and vietnam was united the impact on vietnam boat on the water the north vietnamese army - the nva - massacred. The us and south vietnamese militaries sustained heavy losses before finally repelling the communist assault the tet the strikes on the major cities of huế and saigon had a strong psychological impact, as they showed that the nlf troops were not as weak as the johnson administration had previously claimed.
The most immediate effect of the vietnam war was the staggering death toll the war killed an estimated 2 million vietnamese civilians, 11 million north vietnamese troops, 200,000 south vietnamese troops, and 58,000 us troops those wounded in combat numbered tens of thousands more the massive us bombing. Neither hawks nor doves, america's youth are more willing than their elders to give both war and peace a chance a new poll and until recently, senior citizens were the least enthusiasticlast fall, for example, just 39% of those ages 65 and over felt it was right to go to war, while 50% said it was wrong. Together with the watergate scandal, the war weakened american people's faith and confidence in their governments in fact, there was a widespread public distrust of the government, especially in military decisions right after the war the vietnam war also left many long lasting effects on the veterans who. The korean and vietnam wars are important examples of military intervention by the americans in the name of stopping communist expansionism however, these wars did not have the decades long impact on american domestic and foreign policy that the cultural, political, and economic battles of the cold war had.
The affect vietnam had on foreign policy has been an important avenue of research but historians have also looked at how the vietnam war impacted life in america vietnam altered the way americans viewed the role of the 11 richard a melanson, american foreign policy since the vietnam war: the. It refused to endorse the geneva peace accords, arguing that they afforded too much power to communist leadership in vietnam much to the us government's dismay, france and the viet minh agreed to divide the region nearly in half, with ho chi minh controlling the north and france maintaining its influence over the.