The Values & Beliefs
The first half of the decade seemed like an extension of the 1960's: the fight for equal rights for all Americans continued; the first moves toward environmental protection were initiated along with Earth Day and an oil embargo from the Middle East brought long lines at gas stations and soaring prices. However, after the war, American public sharply divided and our leaders were uncertain of what lay ahead in foreign policy. The nation’s longest and most debilitating war – the only war the U.S. ever lost, had far-reaching consequences and impact on most aspects of American life from the economy, culture to domestic politics and foreign policy – some of which continue to do so today. During the war, between the drafts and harsh war conditions, the American citizens were upset because it was guerrilla warfare and the harsh reality of what war looks like was finally shown through media at home.
Before this war, citizens trusted their government to put them into the right situations but as the war began and continued to become worse, the trust in the Untied States government and army declined. Because of this war, the immense loss of troops, loss of the right way, and decline and good values, America was in a horrid place.
The majority of Americans were against the Vietnam war because no good could come from this type of warfare. During this time world peace was a common mantra due to a fear of a second world war.