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The Social, Economic, and Cultural Effects of the Vietnam Wa
Transcript of The Social, Economic, and Cultural Effects of the Vietnam Wa
Some background Information...
The Social, Economic, and Cultural Effects of the Vietnam War:
Although people at first believed the
U.S. went into the Vietnam War for a good cause, it proved to be exactly the opposite: a destructive effect on the social, economic, and cultural life of America.
But that View would soon change...
Negative Cultural Effects:
Better Late than Never by Del Jones
"Most of them were very young -
And now, it seems such a waste -
That war accomplished nothing
And has left a bitter taste.
Those who did survive came home
To a country which turned away -
We didn't know how to greet them -
We didn't know what to say.
They came home to a nation
That said it didn't care -
Said it didn't want to know about
What went on over there."
Soon America could feel the economic effects of the war.
By the end of the war more than 58,000 loved ones were lost (“Casualty Summary”).
For about 10-20 years, the U.S. was involved with the Vietnam War, even though the U.S. had no reasonable reason to be fighting the Vietnamese, since the Vietnamese had done nothing to the U.S.
2 1/2 million young Americans were sent to serve (“Nixon's 'Peace With Honor'”) in a war that ended with no success since North Vietnam overthrew the South in the end (“The Vietnam War”).
many believed in the Domino Theory which stated that if one country fell to communism, then other countries were more likely to follow (“John F. Kennedy and Vietnam”).
Americans had freedom, and so they desired for other countries to have that as well.
President Kennedy had encouraged U.S. to "pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend... to assure the survival and success of liberty" (“John F. Kennedy and Vietnam”).
There is no fixed beginning for the Vietnam War. It began as early as 1950 when
the U.S. gave a small amount of
aid to the French as they
battled the Vietnamese. The
U.S. slowly, "in a series of steps"(“The Causes of the Vietnam War”), worked into becoming a major part of the war clear until 1965. The war for the U.S. lasted until around 1973 when an agreement was made for peace (“The Vietnam War”).
The war was fought in Vietnam. The U.S. supported the South Vietnamese almost all the way throughout the war, sending needed troops, machinery, and airplanes. (“The Vietnam War”)
When the war was finally done and troops came back home, America was not ready to receive them. The protests, the actions taken by the government, and the war itself had taken its toll on Americans. Americans "opinions [were] sharply against the war in Vietnam" (“The Siege of Khe Sanh”). Because Americans didn't support the war, those vets who had fought valiantly in the war came home to a nation that was bitter towards anything about the war (Jones). How sad for those valiant men who had fought so willingly and courageously!
Beginning in 1964 and growing in later years, anti-war protests began forming. When President Johnson issued the draft, because he felt that America needed to take a more aggressive action against North Vietnam (“The Vietnam War”), many young men refused to fight, which led to what is known as the Draft Dodgers (“Draft Dodgers”). "Protests erupted on college campuses and in major cities at first, but by 1968 every corner of the country seemed to have felt the war's impact" (“The Vietnam War”). This was a devastating war of its own because it was a war at home. In Vietnam, soldiers were fighting for the freedom of others, but at home a war of protests was splitting the U.S. against itself.
By the end of the war, America could clearly see that they had lost time, money, supplies, weapons, and most importantly men on a war that they didn't have any need to be involved with in the first place.
Around 1965, the beginning of the war, Americans were known to show "support [for] the administration's claim" to fight in the Vietnam War (“The Causes of the Vietnam War”). Why?...
It all began with the French and Vietnamese fighting. The U.S. began to get involved when President Truman gave some small aid to the French as they fought (“The Causes of the Vietnam War”). When the Vietnamese defeated the French, President Eisenhower stepped the U.S. into the fight. He was not about to let the Domino Theory take South Vietnam, if he could help it. So, the Vietnam War began for the United States. It lasted through five presidents of the U.S.: Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson (“The Causes of the Vietnam War”), and finally ended with Richard Nixon (“Nixon's 'Peace With Honor'”).
“teach in movement.” Omar and Chris's Vietnam War Site.
Negative Economic Effects:
“Search the Wall.” The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. http://www.thewall-usa.com/index.asp#search
“Daddy's Girl." Photo Gallery/The Vietnam Veterans Memorial: The Wall.
“Domino Theory." JFK + 50. http://jfk50.blogspot.com/
Girard, Lee S. http://thewall-usa.com/wallpics/namwall.htm
"Red, white, and blue." Credit Union Insight. http://www.cuinsight.com/red-white-and-blue.html
Other Important People Involved in the Vietnam War:
Ngo Dinh Diem was the president of South Vietnam - the one who the U.S. supported.
Ho Chi Minh was the president and leader of North Vietnam
The VietCong was a communist military group that fought against the U.S.
--(“The Causes of the Vietnam War”)
"Vietnam's Flag." Enchanted Learning. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/asia/vietnam/flag/
"Vietnam." Google Maps. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Vietnamfirstname.lastname@example.org
Some Background Information:
"List of Presidents of the United States." Wikipedia.org. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidents_of_the_United_States
"Ngo Dinh Diem." Wikipedia.org. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ngo_Dinh_Diem_-_Thumbnail_-_ARC_542189.png
"Viet Cong." Wikipedia.org. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:FNL_Flag.svg
So even though the U.S. went in with the excuse of trying to help keep communism out of other countries, the Vietnam War proved to be a disaster for America's economic, social,
and cultural life.
"American Flag," Stock Photos. http://www.123rf.com/photo_12048410_small-patriotic-fabric-american-flag-with-old-glory-united-states-stars-and-stripes-on-a-pole-over-r.html
“Casualty Summary.” The Vietnam Veterans Memorial: The Wall. Web. 7 February 2014.
“Draft Dodgers: The anti-Vietnam war movement rises in Canada and the US.” CBC Radio Canada. 2014. Web. 11 February 2014.
“John F. Kennedy and Vietnam.” History Learning Site. 2013. Web. 7 February 2014.
Jones, Del. “The World, War, Freedom, and More: Better Late than Never.” The Vietnam Veterans Memorial: The Wall. Web. 10 February 2014.
“Nixon's 'Peace With Honor' Broadcast on Vietnam.” Watergate.info. 2013. Web. 7 February 2014.
“The Causes of the Vietnam War.” Modern American Poetry. Illinois.edu. Web. 7 February 2014.
“The Siege of Khe Sanh.” Pbs.org. Web. 7 February 2014.
“The Vietnam War: An Overview.” Vassar.edu. Web. 7 February 2014.