Argument Analysis: The Vietnam War

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The Vietnam War William B. Conner HIS-135 12/18/2011 Maury Wiseman The Vietnam War During the 1960’s, the years of consensus (1955-1965) were coming to a close and the youth of America were forming the counter-culture in which they were rejecting many of the fundamental values of American society set by the previous generations. (Churney, 2011) During this era in American history the counter-culture was growing and the youth of America became obsessed with the aspect of individuality or finding oneself. During this period the youth, or younger generation, was not content to accept the issues set before them by the government or society, the knowledge that things need to change and the willingness of college students to voice their opinions and try to make changes was a key factor in ending consensus in the United States. This unrest was heighted by events such as the Civil Rights movement, Gay Rights, Feminism, and the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War only seemed to pour fuel on the fire burning in the hearts of the American youth; a major connection with student unrest and the Vietnam War was the draft. The draft was used to fill vacancies in the…show more content…
The hawks and doves were complete opposites, the hawk’s argument concluded that America must win the war in Vietnam in order to contain communism in Southeast Asia and preserve the nation’s prestige (Davidson-Gienapp-Heyrman-Lytle-Stroff, 2005). The doves on the other hand wanted the conflict in Vietnam ended immediately and the troops returned home. The political and social outcomes facing the United States because of the conflict in Vietnam ranged from a growing distrust of the decisions being made by the political leaders to the ever increasing cost of the conflict in Vietnam. The growing distrust helped to fuel the student unrest because the younger generation decided to voice their opinions and take a stand for those

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