The Vietnam tactics mainly consisted of harassing the U.S. forces in the southern areas of the country to weaken the morale of the American troops. The American tactics consisted of searching out and destroying controlled towns and taking out any insurgents who posed a threat. The Americans fought using better technology and better weapons, but the Vietnamese fought using ambushes and traps that were built up around there towns and would only fight head-on when victory was certain. Many of the U.S. soldiers could not tell the difference between the civilians and the enemy.
During the Vietnam war the music style ranged from protest music to music about peace love and harmony because of all of the disapproval towards the war. A popular song was “The Times They Are A-Changin’” written in 1963 by Bob Dylan who was a highly influential folk musician during this time.
Most of the propaganda during the Vietnam war was to get people to join the war. A lot of posters and political cartoons were used to persuade common opinions. Propaganda was part of the reason the U.S. lost the war because the Vietnamese had significantly more propaganda and so they had more soldiers fighting in the war.
"The anti-war movement began mostly on college campuses, as members of the leftist organization Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) began organizing “teach-ins” to express their opposition to the way in which it was being conducted. Though the vast majority of the American population still supported the administration policy in Vietnam, a small but outspoken liberal minority was making its voice heard by the end of 1965. This minority included many students as well as prominent artists and intellectuals and members of the hippie movement, a growing number of young people who rejected authority and embraced the drug culture."
Boxer Muhammad Ali was one prominent American who resisted being drafted into service during the Vietnam War. Ali, then heavyweight champion of the world, declared himself a "conscientious objector," earning a prison sentence (later overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court) and a three-year ban from boxing.
Many movies, video games, and books were based off of the war. Such as: Heart and Minds, Apocalypse Now, and Coming Home.
During the Vietnam War, about two-third of American troops were volunteered, the rest were selected for military service through the drafts. In the beginning of the war, names of all American men in draft-age were collected by the Selective Service System. When someone’s name was called, he had to report to his local draft board, which was made up of various community members, so that they could begin to evaluate his draft status. Then, local draft boards had an enormous power to decide who had to go and who would stay. Draft board members were often under pressure from their family, relatives and friends which decisions regarding potential draftees.
The Vietnam war was fought because the South didn't want a communistic government. United States forces entered the conflict in support of the French in order to fight communism.
The Vietnam War was the first war that African Americans did not have to find in segregated units, however a small section of segregated units still existed. There were more African American soldiers in this war than in any previous war that the United States fought in. During the Vietnam war, Protest groups were formed such as the Congress of Racial Equality.C ORE initially embraced a pacifist, non-violent approach to fighting racial segregation, but by the late 1960s the group’s leadership had shifted its focus towards the political ideology of black nationalism and separatism.