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Transcript of VIETNAM WAR
Against the Vietnam War
We won the battles but lost the war
Many young men were mad because they could be drafted into the war even if they didn't want to go
The war was said to be immoral and a waste of soldiers lives
The press showed American soldiers killing people, making the Americans back home hate them
College students often initiated these protests
The soldiers were being blamed for the war
TV became a primary medium so the war was broadcasted
Many songs were written and used in protests to prove points
Americans got an undeserved bad reputation during the war and many people were mad about that
People began to not trust the government and started protesting against them
People held demonstrations in the street and marches to protest the war
Most music during Vietnam War emphasized peace and love, especially due to the disapproval of the war
Music was used as a protest method that reflected the artists disapproval of the Vietnam War
Music was used as a coping method for some soldiers in Vietnam that were experiencing this awful war
The different choices they had...
Drafting and Enlisting
- The government started drafting because there weren't enough men to fight.
- Every male had to register to the government by age 18.
Drafted Men Had 3 Options
1. Leave the Country (Canada) which was illegal
2. Get out of the draft by getting good grades and go to college
3. Be excused for a medical condition
-Drafted men had to serve 2 years of active duty
- Draftees were sent to any branch that needed more men.
-Enlisted men got to choose what branch they wanted to go to.
- Had to serve for 4 years if a man enlisted
-Enlisted men would have good training because they would be in the
service longer than the drafted men.
By Natalie Simonian, Addie Bobosky, and Shannon King
War that took lives of over 58,000 American soldiers & estimated 2 million Vietnamese soldiers and civilians
Late 19th century- brutal and bloody conflict
Air bombings, morar attacks, and gun battles destroyed countless forests, farmlands, villages, and city neighborhoods
Almost everyone disapproved of this war due to the fact that it was a waste of life and money
Most American men were forced to draft although they did not want to
This war made people distrust the government
Tactics Used Against America
Americans found themselves in strange land of dense jungles and swamps
Hot jungles and unfamiliar mountains of Vietnamese countryside hid many dangers- booby traps and snipers
Hid Viet Cong guerrillas were small groups of fighters who launched surprise attacks
U.S troops did not know whether the Vietnamese civilians they encountered were friendly to them or allied with the Communists who were trying to kill them because they all looked the same
Enemies would hide in churches and villages and shoot at Americans, so the Americans had to shoot back and be portrayed by people back home as terrible soldiers for shooting in churches
Bob Dylan was a very influential artist during the Vietnam War
His hit song, "The Times They Are A-Changin", was written in 1963 right as the people started to disapprove of the war
The lines "There's a battle outside/ and it's ragin'/it'll soon shake your windows/rattle your walls" are a clear reference to the Vietnam War
"Come mothers and fathers/throughout the land/and don't criticize/ what you can't understand/your sons and daughters are beyond your command" At first, it seems like Dylan is trying to tell the public to stop trying to understand the war, but Dylan is trying to tell us something else
He is trying to display the confusion, frustration, and anger at how many parents' children were sent off to war
Effects of the War
America learned that you can not use military tactics for political gains
A distrust for the government grew among the American people
Many people lost their children at war and it left deep emotional scars
Both countries had many casualties and spent a lot of money which was a major loss
Nobody wanted to repeat this war
American military reconstructed their doctrine
Treatment Towards the Soldiers
They were called baby killers
They were told not to wear their uniforms when they returned because the country was ashamed and mad about the war
People blamed the soldiers for the war when they were just following orders of the government
Native veterans received a lot of honor from their communities when the returned home because it was their first times in war
Soldiers had a hard time keeping a good moral during the war and after due to this treatment
Bobosky, King, and Simonian
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