The Culture of The Vietnam War Shaylee King

One of the values and beliefs during the Vietnam war was being loyal. Loyalty to the empire of Vietnam was very important to the Vietnamese. They also had values that involved the younger kids. The younger kids had to show respect to the higher age and/or status. This is a very important part of the culture in Vietnam.
The Vietnamese delegates sits at the round table talking about the reopening of the Vietnam War.
Vietnamese Tactics
The Vietnamese ambushed american patrols during the war. They set up booby traps and planted many bombs into the towns. This was called the guerrilla tactic. They also dressed up like normal people so we couldn't tell who the enemy was. They had rockets and weapons made and sent by China and Russia. Their tactic was to stay close to the American Troops so they didn't know when they would attack.
The Homefront
Everything was just getting back to normal from World War II. The Americans didn't understand The Draft and didn't see the reasoning behind it. This then made protests start up and riots everywhere. They didn't understand why they had to be involved in the Vietnam War. They were called the "Draft-Dodgers" and this made the "normal" american furious.
Music during the Vietnam War
The music during the Vietnam War was surprisingly different then all the other eras of music. A number-one hit was "Ballard of The Green Berets" by Berry Sadlers. Music became the new way to protest. It also represented peace and love through-out the community in the 1960's. In the songs written during the Vietnam War were oftenly referenced to the war and commonly used the words "living room war". The music showed the listeners what the war was like and what the society was like during this war.
Propaganda
Propaganda during the Vietnam War was insane. The U.S. tried everything the could do to over-see the propaganda that was brewing during the War. Vietnamese people were sent over to the North and were dressed up as civilians. The were ordered to start rumors about the South. Many uses of propaganda were used with religion passages in a way to impress the ones listening.
Protsests
People started an anti-war marches and protests. It mostly started on college campuses. The most powerful protest was when 100,000 protesters gathered at the Lincoln Memorial. Around 30,000 of them continued in a march on the Pentagon later that night. Hundreds were arrested for a variety of violent acts. Then President Nixon performs his speech against the anti-war protest.
Media
The Vietnam war was one of the most public wars of history. People could watch it while eating dinner, sitting in their bedrooms, and in their own living rooms. They would watch the news and they would show the Vietnamese fighting a bloody war called the "Vietcong." For many Americans this would remain with them till the conclusion of the war. The media was so negative and that gave U.S. just another reason to defeat.
Economics During The Vietnam War
Economics during the Vietnam war had effects just like every other war. They had 7 major economic downfalls during the war; debt, consumption, investment, jobs, taxes, government deficits, and inflation. The big one during this war was inflation. The definition of inflation is, a general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money. This shows what the U.S was like during the war in economy.
Foreign Policies/ Government
The U.S. foreign policy took place when John F. Kennedy was beginning to become president. It began with economic and social support in South Vietnam. Containing communism became extremely implemented in military means. The Vietnamese had all the time to prepare when we didn't because of the Foreign Policies during this war.
The Draft
The draft during the Vietnam war was something that every boy during this generation wanted to avoid. Being drafted meant that you would be sent off to war without any exceptions. They had no choice and were forced to literally fight for their lives during the Vietnam War. They would raft anyone that was born between the years of 1944-1950. They conducted 2 lotteries to figure out who would be sent to war.
Family Roles
Family roles during the war were to be respectful to eveyone and to their ancestors. Men in the family were most likely sent to war while the woman were just left at home to watch.
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