Vietnam War Impact On American Culture

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From 1965 until 1973, the United States of America was at war with the communist nation of North Vietnam. One of the darkest and most controversial time periods in American History, the involvement of the United States in Vietnam caused drastic cultural changes within the American nation. Americans commonly regard the war in Vietnam as a gruesome and brutal war that was a complete failure for the United States armed forces. The media’s impact on American culture caused a rapid decrease in the approval of the war and resulted in a political and military defeat for the United States. One of the most significant aspects of this war that made it differ from other wars throughout American history was the lack of support from the American people.…show more content…
Today, the United States is involved in a similar situation. The war in the Middle East has caused enormous public debate and anti-war protests within American culture. Because of the lack of support from the American people, the war in the Middle East has fallen far short of successful in the eyes of the public. Despite the fact that both Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden have been killed, the US armed forces still lack the support of the American home front. The United States engaged in war against terrorism because of the attacks on the World Trade Centers on September 11, 2001. This is similar to the reasons for the US involvement in World War II, after Pearl Harbor was attacked, there was no choice but to declare war. However the public support for World War II was much greater than the support for the war in the Middle East. During World War II, the morale and nationalism of the United States was at an all time high, so much so that even professional athletes like Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams were taking time off from professional baseball to enlist in the armed forces. The Vietnam War was completely different. The majority of the American people did not want to be involved in Vietnam and made it very clear to the entire nation. Without the support from the home front it is almost impossible to succeed. The American people were so passionate about maintaining peace for America that they actually caused chaos on American soil. The anti-war movements and protests reflected on the soldiers in Vietnam and led to the defeat of the US armed forces. The media portrayed war in such a negative manner that resentment is still present today. The introduction of televised news coverage of the Vietnam War set a precedent of fear of war within the American culture. The vivid footage and images of combat educated the American people of the true horrors

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