Every night American family saw graphic pictures of Zippo raids, bombings and killings. Almost every town and village in the America faced the problem of their young men being either killed or wounded in Vietnam * Others faced physiological problems such as post-traumatic stress * President Johnson ordered heavy air force bombing raids which led to deaths of thousands of Vietnamese civilians including women and children * More than 11 000 died in 1967 a further 16 500 died in 1968 ( American soldiers) * The My Lai massacre resulted in the murder of 397-504 civilians mainly women, children and the elderly. Many of the victims were raped and tortured * The horror of death maiming, burning, terror and unthinkable destruction of a small country on the evening news, coupled with the threat of the draft made it feel like nothing
He read about the atrocities and senseless violence of slavery that had ravaged his people for four hundred years. X read about rises to power with many left destroyed in its wake. Story after story about death and loss with little or no forgiveness and compassion. X pointed his finger in one direction for who was to blame. He believed white people were far less superior and the reason for so much violence.
Eric Bogle’s poem, The Green Fields of France, depicts the detrimental effects of war on individuals and the society. The use of hyperbole in, “The killing and dying was all done in vain…whole generation that were butchered and damned,” reflects how the society was ripped apart due to the death of loved ones, which lead to an unhealthy community. It further explains that families had to go through so much grief and anxiety for a war that did not achieve anything. Likewise, Bogle demonstrates the pointlessness of the war. “…Did they really believe that this war would end wars…it all happened again, and again, and again,” this use of rhetorical question and repetition emphasises the anti-war sentiment that both Bogle and Dawe capture.
The novel A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah is a book about the civil way in Sierra Leone which took place during the early 1990's all the way up until the early 2000's. During this civil war many human right were violated and some were even taken away from the innocent citizens of Sierra Leone by a group of men and children that called themselves the rebels. They were rebelling against the Sierra Leone government and their ways of showing their anger was by raiding villages and brutally attacking whoever was in the town at the time of attack. Then before they left the town they would burn down all the houses and buildings to ensure that no one could return to the village and survive. Some of the rights that were taken away from these citizens by the rebels were the right to life and the right to food and shelter for all.
This case was the precedent in Brown vs. Board of Education. The great majority of the southern states flat out refused to comply. This led height of the civil rights movement and the forced desegregation of school systems. It was a sad time in history that consisted of many deaths, rioting and contributed to a great deal of the anger and hates that still exist in our country today. It is my personal opinion that this was not a just decision and that the end result led to violence, a civil uprising and the murders of great leaders such as Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Post War Life The effect of the Vietnam War on the surviving soldiers The Vietnam War left a great scar in all the people that were directly and indirectly involved in it. Among the affected were the soldiers that not only died in the war, but also survived it. The war destroyed them physically and mentally to a point that it felt as if the war continued throughout the remainder of their lives. The feeling of trauma, hatred toward the War, and grief are well portrayed in Yusef Komunyakaa’s Roll Call, and W. D. Ehrhart’s Invasion of Grenada. The authors of these poems strived to provide a first-hand experience with the purpose of proving that even though one survives the war, the same war never leaves.
It had a drastic effect on the United States. Families were torn apart, peoples lives were changed because of injury, and 620,000 people died. Walt Whitman captured many of these things in the poems he wrote Leaves of Grass, on of the greatest books in American literature. A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim, shows the effects war had on people. An old man fights in the physically demanding war, a teenager's life being changed before it has even really started, both dead because of the war.
Unfortunately, the intention was not fully supported materially, the camps were poorly supplied and managed, and many thousands of civilians died as a result. Source 9 does not even mention the fact that tens of thousands of Boers died and appears to overlook the tragedy. Source 9, from Andrew Roberts, gives the impression that because of the new phase of the war (guerilla warfare) the English government in a last resort had to take drastic measures to try to end the war. The measures included a scorched earth policy in which British soldiers were ordered to burn down Boer homesteads if soldiers found evidence of the Boers supporting the guerillas. The concentration camps were set up as kind of refugee camp that promised security, shelter, food, and water.
This is evident where Hughes writes “A gorged look, Gangster club-tail lumped along behind gracelessly”. The poem also shows the jaguars anger whilst simultaneously portraying his immense sorrow. The simile “Carrying his head like a brazier of spilling embers”, this is a clear reference to the jaguars burning temper, rising and spilling out, even though he is caged and has no space to express it. Also, his head is hanging low not like rising flames, instead the embers are dying along with his hope. Moreover the fact that his head is hanging low emphasizes his sadness.
Upon its publication it was burned by farmers and for years after was among the most frequently banned books in America because of its profanity (Stanley 43). The Grapes of Wrath struck such a deep nerve it was deplored on the floors of Congress for its radicalism (Steinbeck). Oklahoma Congressman Lyle Boren went as far as to call it “the black, infernal creation of a twisted, distorted mind” (Stanley 2). Steinbeck's novel also harvested a downbeat response reflected in many book reviews and literary essays. Burton Rascoe of Newsweek called The Grapes of Wrath a “mess of silly propaganda, superficial observation, careless infidelity to the proper use of idiom, tasteless, pornographical, and categorical talk” (Cordyack).