This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Vietnam War Essay

757 words - 4 pages

The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War

Prior to the war in Vietnam, Americans were enjoying post-war prosperity with the acquisiton of homes and new home conveniences such as dishwashers and televisions. They were comfortable, relatively affluent, and becoming quite complacent while living the American dream.
The youth of the 1960’s are responsible for the creation of the counter-culture formation. They rejected the perfect American life they inherited from their parent’s generation and many of the fundamental values that their parents tried to instill in them. The children of the post-war generation grew up with many luxuries and advantages their parents had not been privy to.
...view middle of the document...

Americans against the war accused the veterans of killing innocent Vietnamese people, and pro-war Americans resented the loss of the war. The United States had spent more than 120 billion dollars on the Vietnam war between 1965-1973. America suffuered from widespread inflation and, the thought that America was invicible among the world was shattered. Americans had become less concerned with the threat of a Communist invasion or atomic attack. Those fears had been replaced with doubt about the honesty and intergrity of their government leaders.
Soldiers suffered from exposure to harmful chemicals such as Agent Orange, that was dumped over the dense foliage of the Vietnam jungles in an effort to destroy the protective barrier the North Vietnamese were using for cover. According to documentation found on, more than 500,000 soldiers who fought in the Vietnam war suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, higher rates of divorce, suicide, alcoholism and drug addiction.
By the end of the war in Vietnam, America had undergone quite a facelift from her suburban era. The youth of America had found their voice and were not holding back. They demanded an end to the war, equality for gays, minorities, and women. They refused to fit into the...

Other Papers Like The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War Essay

620 words - 3 pages After the end of the First Indochina War and the Viet Minh defeat of the French at Dien Bien Phu in 1954, the countries meeting at the Geneva Conference divided Vietnam into northern and southern halves, ruled by separate governments, and scheduled elections to reunite the country under a unified government. The communists seemed likely to win those elections. The United States, however, was dedicated to containing the spread of communist rules

Why the Americans Lost the Vietnam War?

897 words - 4 pages Why the Americans lost the Vietnam War? U.S Soldiers • Low morale- in the beginning there were top quality, professional soldiers. By the end of the war they were relying on conscripts. Also, by 1968, it was publically known that Johnson didn’t want to continue the war therefore the soldiers didn’t believe in what they were fighting for. • Booby traps- The Vietcong had used very tactical methods. Bungee sticks were common, trip wires were a

Why Did Australia Join The Vietnam War?

603 words - 3 pages The Vietnam War was different from any other battle fought in the history of mankind. Unlike other wars this confrontation was not engaged in order to conquer but to reform. Greed and desire which are the usual elements that spur wars into existence were absent from this one.The Vietnam War was fought between 1959 and 1970. It began as a determined attempt by Communist guerrillas in the South, backed by Communist North Vietnam, to overthrow the

U.S. Involvement in the Vietnam War

1566 words - 7 pages U.S. Involvement in the Vietnam War Although it was called the Vietnam War, the U.S. was primarily involved and participated in most of the warfare to defend democracy. South Vietnam's government and army were not well organized. The U.S. fought most of the war, then when it turned the war over to the South Vietnamese, they couldn't fight the North. Ngo Dinh Diem, prime minister of South Vietnam, was opposed in South Vietnam. Buddhists

Australia's Involvement in the Vietnam War

1279 words - 6 pages Following the withdrawal of the last Australian troops in 1972 more than 46000 Australian personnel had served in Vietnam. This is out of a population of approximately 11 million. Of these, 3000 were wounded and almost 500 were killed. Australia became involved in Vietnam because of a longstanding alliance with the USA since World War 2. It can be argued that Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War had its origins in the Cold War

Protesting The Vietnam War In Popular Songs

1363 words - 6 pages songs with the purpose to express their feelings of dislike against war, especially the Vietnam War and the racial wars occurring within America concurrently. The four songs listed above were all around the same era of time and were written, recorded, and inspired by the major events that occurred in the 1960s and 1970s. These events were the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and racial wars. These songs help express the feelings and shed light

Media Effects Of The Vietnam War

1385 words - 6 pages Media Effects of the Vietnam War War is truly a horrific event that unfortunately occurs in our world frequently. There are a variety of ethical questions surrounding war, such as how much should citizens know about the fighting? When it comes to reporting the news, it is the goal of the network to report the news first. The benefit to this is people will turn to them first when it comes to breaking stories. However if the news is

Tactics and Strategies of the Vietnam War

1280 words - 6 pages to the North Vietnamese and Vietcong, whose guerilla tactics never subsided. American and Northern tactics and strategies can both be classed as military and political respectively. The first tactic adopted by the North during the Vietnam War was purely military based. In conjunction with the Viet Cong, the North launched a war of attrition as they realized that defeating the U.S would be incredibly difficult. As part of this war of attrition

How America Lost The Vietnam War

1946 words - 8 pages colonial rulers, and once the war turned against them, America began to provide support until the eventual exodus of the French. Vietnam now became an American issue, due to a substantial support in the North for a Communist regime. A plan of action would then have been deemed necessary to keep communism out of the Southern, American friendly, sector of Vietnam. I, therefore, submit the American test case for containment in Vietnam failed due to

The Vietnam War. Tragic War for the American Soldiers

864 words - 4 pages Vietnam was a very tragic war for the American soldiers. For many of them seeing so many innocent people die made them crazy and go into shock. After returning back home many suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. John Wade also suffered from this condition making him restless and very disturbed. Because of John’s mental condition it can be said that he murdered his own wife without even knowing it, therefore Kathy Wade is “In the

Australia's Involvement in the Vietnam War - Short Essay

672 words - 3 pages There are many reasons for Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Each of these reasons played a major part on the final decision, which eventually had led to Australia’s involvement. Some of these reasons include: the domino theory, the forward defence strategy, as well as political obligations (SEATO), the containment of communism, and finally to show loyalty to the United States of America. The first of many reasons for Australia’s

Related Essays

The Vietnam War Essay

844 words - 4 pages The Vietnam War was the war that most young Americans in the United States did not understand. The Americans did not understand why thousands of men were being killed over there and what was being accomplished for these deaths. The Vietnam War dragged out from 1960 – 1975 and many young adults was scared about their outcome in the end. The major connection between the Vietnam War and student unrest was that it was the first and only time

The Vietnam War Essay

881 words - 4 pages The Vietnam War by Robin Davis The Vietnam War sparked a major antiwar movement in the United States-- not only among students who were eligible to be drafted after graduation, but also among civilians protesting in the streets and even soldiers in the military. Following the lead of the recent civil rights movement, which proved that social protest could be effective, the antiwar movement used the same tactics of civil disobedience. College

The Vietnam War Essay 1489 Words

1489 words - 6 pages In the Vietnam war the United States and the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) opposed the revolutionary movement known as the Viet Cong. The Viet Cong was sponsored by the Communist Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV). This war was the second of two wars being fought in that area. The first Indochina war was a struggle between Vietnamese nationalists and the French colonial regime aided by the U.S.. In the second war we replaced France in the struggle

The Vietnam War Essay 977 Words

977 words - 4 pages The Vietnam War was the longest war in United States History. It started in 1950 when the United States sent funding and troops to help the French, and ended in 1975 when the last of our troops came home from Thailand. Thousands of United States soldiers died in this time. There was an anti-war movement in the home land while the war was at its peak in Indo-China. The war caused a great unrest amongst students. Student Unrest The citizens