Vietnam War Emilio Rodriquez

The Reasons For U.S. Involvement

The anti-Communist government of South Vietnam resisted this and fought the North Vietnamese army with the help of the U.S. The U.S.'s involvement in this Cold War era conflict was part of the U.S.'s larger goal of "containment"—preventing the spread of Communism.

Role of the media in the war

Since the beginning of the World War II, television gradually became familiar to the public. At the end of the war, it began to be manufactured in large-scale. In 1950's, there were only 9% of American home owned a television, but this figure rose dramatically to 93% in 19661. In a survey conducted in 1964, 58% US respondents said that they “got most of their news” from television. Television, therefore, became the most important source of news for American people during the Vietnam era.

Response of the American public to the war

The movement against U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War began small–among peace activists and leftist intellectuals on college campuses–but gained national prominence in 1965, after the United States began bombing North Vietnam in earnest. Anti-war marches and other protests, such as the ones organized by Students for a Democratic Society, attracted a widening base of support over the next three years, peaking in early 1968 after the successful Tet Offensive by North Vietnamese troops proved that war’s end was nowhere in sight.

The legacy of the war in the United States

The Vietnam War is such an enduring feature of the West's experience of the country that many visitors look out for legacies of the conflict. There is no shortage of physically deformed and crippled Vietnamese. Many men were badly injured during the war, but large numbers also received their injuries while serving in Cambodia.It is tempting to associate deformed children with the enduring effects of the pesticide Agent Orange, although this has yet to be proven scientifically; American studies claim that there is no significant difference in congenital malformation. One thing is certain: Agent Orange is detectable today only in tiny isolated spots, often near former military bases.

Music that effected the war in vietnam

In the 1960's, several now-influential artists appealed to the disaffected counterculture’s emphasis on peace and love, especially with the sliding approval rates of the Vietnam War. As public approval of the Vietnam War dwindled in the latter half of the 1960's, popular music artists began to record songs that reflected this disapproval and ultimately became a new method of protest.

No American conflict in the 20th century so tore this nation apart, so scarred its social psyche, so embedded itself in its collective memory, and so altered the public view of institutions, government, the military, and the media. More than 750 novels, 250 films, 100 short-story collections, and 1,400 personal narratives have been published about the war in Vietnam.

A few figures in popular culture supported American involvement in Vietnam, including novelists John Steinbeck and Jack Kerouac and actor John Wayne, who starred in hawkish The Green Berets, the only major film made during the war itself. Barry Straddler's 1966 pro-war song "Ballad of the Green Berets" sold 8 million copies.

The song creedence clearwater revival played a huge role in the vietnam war. It showed the United State to protests on this great war.

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