Student Unrest During The Vietnam War

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The Vietnam War The Vietnam War was considered by the U.S. a part of their containment policy and to be a way to prevent the communist takeover of South Vietnam. U.S. involvement grew over the years due to the military draft. Many people opposed the war during the peace movement and some even took to the streets in protests of their opinions. There were basically two viewpoints that began to evolve during this time. One group of people felt that there were good ideas for getting involved in the conflict, however they thought it would be a useless battle with too much burden on the economy. The other group of people thought the United States had to get involved in Vietnam and that we needed to stay until we got the job done. The United States finally started pulling the troops out in the early 1970’s. Student unrest was a key aspect of the Vietnam War. Student activists brought about antiwar ideals and protested their opposition to the war. During the Vietnam War, the draft had been instituted. Men…show more content…
If and when the government forcers men and women to fight in a war, there is going to be unrest among the people. American political views changed for some as they no longer viewed the government in the same way as they did prior to the war. I believe the Vietnam War as made the United States think about their views of war which allows them to make better choices in the future when it comes to engaging in wars. References BERGAN, D. E. (2009). The Draft Lottery and Attitudes Towards the Vietnam War. Public Opinion Quarterly, 73(2), 379-384. Davidson, J. (Ed.). (2006). Nation of nations: A concise narrative of the American republic (4th ed., Vol. 2). New York: McGraw-Hill. Lilienthal, D. E. (1969). Postwar Development in Vietnam. Foreign Affairs, 47(2), 321. Student Unrest. The Sixties. Retrieved from
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