Vietnam War Hailey Molcsan

Values/ Beliefs: Vietnamese society values Family, love of learning and the respect of others. They believe, "in order to achieve human perfection, one must follow the established codes of behavior of Confucianism which include reverence for ancestors and respect for elders..." an important role in Vietnamese society is non-verbal communication, sometimes as a substitute for words.

Family was their #1

Tactics: Vietcong units were uniformed, full-time soldiers, and were used to launch large scale offensives over a wide area. While the local Vietcong groups were young teenagers, and while many were excited, others had been shamed into joining.

If enemy pressure became too great, they would break down into smaller units and scatter.

Home front: There were 110,000 combat deaths and half a million injuries were inflicted upon United States soldiers. Over 150,000 injuries and 10,000 people missing, which enraged the citizens back home. Vietnam American soldiers encountered many hardships, such as developing drug addictions, injuries, and disease.

Propaganda: It assumed that if South Vietnam fell to communism, Southeast Asia then New Zealand, Australia and even Japan would follow soon enough becoming a threat to the national security

Protests: "What was this war for? Was it really justified? Are we really fighting communism?" Those questions led to strong protests. Soon there were hundreds of thousands of advocates for the anti-war movement across the nation.

Media: one of the most publicized wars in all of American history. They watched their television and it showed film and photographs of soldiers fighting the Vietcong.

these images remained with them long after the conclusion of the war.

Economics: Factories were being used to for the military and being taken away from making consumer goods. The government's military spending caused several problems for the American economy. the Vietnam War was a mayjor part in bringing down the American economy from the early 1960s to the 1970s

The funds were going overseas which was causing problems with the payments and funds to everyone else because no funds were returning back to the country

Government/ foreign policy: the united states ended the military draft and switched to an all-volunteer army. The president no longer had the ability to send troops into combat. the war soon increased caution about communicating with foreign affairs.


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