Vietnam War Apush

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• It has its roots in the Truman doctrine and its goal of containing communism. • Vietnam was a major zone of cold war tension after it defeated the French colonialists and created a new government in the north. • President Kennedy and Johnson thought it was a barrier to the spread of communism throughout the regions, perhaps the world. • Secretary of defense Robert McNamara warned Johnson that failure in Vietnam would result in a “complete shift of world power” with the “prestige and integrity” of the US severely damaged. This lead Johnson to continue with the fight. • More than 58,000 Americans died in an unwinnable overseas war that only deepened divisions at home. Johnson’s War • Although Kennedy had sent Special Forces to South…show more content…
Many demonstrations themselves had little impact on US policy but decided to change tactics from ‘protest to resistance’. Many men destroyed their draft cards; other wanted to bring the war home by bombing incidents which resulted in $21 million property damage. • TEENAGE SOLDIERS: During the Vietnam war, the Selective Service focused in recruiting in poor communities by advertising the armed forces as a provider of vocational training and social mobility. Working class young men, blacks and Latinos, signed under these inducements. Blacks were most likely to be killed in war. This created a rupture that would last well past the end of the war. Many soldiers showed their frustration, and the war fed the feelings of disaffection. People in Vietnam wanted to end foreign world dominance while US government press released glorious victories and extolled gratitude of Vietnamese civilians. Veterans came…show more content…
The major event that prompted this was police raids at gay bars. (GET STONEWALL INN STORY FROM LECTURE NOTES). The Gay Liberation Front GLF was a revolutionary homosexual group that rejected society’s attempt to impose sexual roles and definitions. Changes in public opinion followed. Churches opened their doors, American Psychiatric Association reclassified it as normal sexual orientation, and US Civil Service Commission ended its ban on the employment of homosexuals. • THE CHICACO REBELLION: Chicano militants demanded not only their full civil rights but also recognition of their distinctive culture and history. High school student ran this movement. The Brown Berets demanded educational reform although the movement found vivid expression through the arts. • RED POWER: THE American Indian Movement AIM, were military leaders that monitored law enforcement practices. The movement’s major catalyst was at Alcatraz when they claimed that that was their land and occupied the island. • ASIAN AMERICAN MOVEMENT (yellow power): Asian American political alliance AAPA stood firmly against the war in
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