Vietnam War Influence

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Vietnam War Rob Watson History 135 Sunday May 27, 2012 Mona Rocha Vietnam War There were many wars in the history of America, but the one war that faced much controversy then, even still today, which brought about many changes, was the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War lasted 19 years, from 1954 to 1973(Vietnam War). This war had an impact on many aspects of life in America, and the actions of America affected the war efforts in Vietnam. As the War ended, it sparked many changes in America, both political and social that still affects us even today. This paper will examine the ways in which the war influenced the lives of America, and how the events in America influenced the war. The Vietnam War created a civil unrest and sparked…show more content…
The first talk of being the world’s police and trying to contain communism everywhere came from the Democrats. The congress, which was a democratic majority, passed an act called the War Powers Act of 1973, which said that the President could not send troops into conflicts for more than 90 days without the consent of the Congress. The Vietnam War had a greater impact on American foreign policy than we can imagine. The fact that nobody wanted to get “bogged” down in another war and costs the tax payers more money in conflicts that did not clearly show where the vested interests of the United States were being threatened, demonstrates the political change that happened because of the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War affected both the social and political views of this nation. This war took one great nation and completely divided it in two. As shown by examples in this paper, the political and social changes were drastic enough and demonstrated by enough people that it was able to move an entire generation. Even today, the different views of the Vietnam War are seen in the way the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is viewed by many today: “ A somber reminder of the loss of too many young Americans, and of what the war did to the United States and its messianic belief in its own overweening virtue.” [ (Sitikoff, 1999)
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