In the sixties rock music came of age and dominated the popular music charts. While Elvis Presley continued to score hits in the early part of the decade, the music continued to diversify with the folk revival, the Brill Building sound, Phil Spector's wall of sound, girl groups and surf music, all that impacted the early part of the decade. The Motown, Stax and Atlantic labels brought more african-american artists back to the forefront of the pop charts. By 1964 American artists shared the top of the charts with U.K. bands led by the Beatles and The Rolling Stones. In the U.S. garage bands emerge, that were inspired by the British Invasion sound.
The Vietnam War spurred many policy changes. The United States ended the military draft and switched to an all-volunteer army. Congress passed the War Powers Resolution over Nixon's veto in November 1973. The resolution limited the president's ability to send troops into combat without congressional consent. Its passage reflected legislators' desire to restrain presidential power and to prevent U.S. involvement in a war like that in Vietnam. Other than policy changes, the war in Vietnam changed the attitudes of a generation. First, the war increased caution about involvement in foreign affairs. After Vietnam, Americans more carefully weighed the risks of intruding in another nation's problems, because Americans were not too okay with the idea of America intervening. Second, defeat in the war diminished American confidence in U.S. superiority, both moral and military. Finally, the war increased mistrust of government and its officials. A chain of events beginning in the 1960s ruined a faith in the state that had prevailed since World War II. Government leaders were no longer credible. The abrupt end of Nixon's presidency only confirmed this sentiment. This shows how the War was a big impact on America and what it did to our government.
The Vietnam war impacted veterans in a variety of ways. Most combat soldiers witnessed violence and lost friends to the war. The American death toll was 58,226, a number that impacted many friends and families of these lost soldiers. Some American veterans bore emotional and physical injuries that they would carry for the rest of their lives. Most remained proud of their service and of the role of the United States in the conflict. During the war approximately twenty-seven million American men dealt with the draft; 11 percent of them served in some fashion in Vietnam. As a consequence of college deferments, most U.S. soldiers in Vietnam came from minority and working-class backgrounds. The average age of U.S. soldiers in Vietnam was nineteen, this age was three years lower than for American men during World War II and Korea. Aside from this, a plus that soldiers had was getting to see their families after a while at war, sadly 58 thousand dies, which means some families did not have anyone coming home to them.
The Vietnam War began by America trying to stop the spread of communism and it was used to stop the south part of Vietnam becoming communists like the north. So America sent in money and all the help they could to stop Vietnam becoming a communist country. France and Vietnam began war through the same beliefs at America had. However, America decided to help France by sending in our troops and resources, therefore we were a threat to Vietnam for helping their enemy. From Americas actions, we lost 58 thousand Americans and had more that cost us for joining the war.