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Impacts of the Vietnam War on American Society

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Zach Zimmer

on 16 May 2014

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Transcript of Impacts of the Vietnam War on American Society

The First way that American Society was effected by the Vietnam War was the protests. These protest were small at the beginning, but as the war went on, they got large, adding more and more people. These protest were held by peace activist hoping to end the war.
At Kent State University in Ohio, on May 4th, 1970, peace activist held a Anti-Vietnam War protest. After the protests that started getting out of hand, the Ohio National Guard had to control the crowd. There were shots fired, and the aftermath of the incident ended with 4 dead and 9 wounded.

The impact that the Vietnam war had on American society was that it lead to many American protests, general distrust of the government, and the public's dislike of the soldiers and police .
Public Dislike Towards Soldiers and Police
There were also events like the My Lai massacre that turned citizens against the soldiers. In the My Lai massacre, United States soldiers killed innocent Vietnamese people, that had nothing to do with the war. The soldiers were killing for practically no reason, and it wasn't popular in the American peoples eyes.
Impacts of the Vietnam War on American Society
Distrust of Government
There were many questionable decisions that President Johnson and the U.S. Congress made that lost the trust of the American citizens. For example, they begin a cycle of infiltration, which raised prices on goods, and people didn't pay for the same stuff that they usually would. This contributed to poor economy that had been severely damaged during the Vietnam War.
As the protests evolved, the movements started getting more and more out of control. Protesters started getting more desperate for the war to end so when the protests took place that they started to fight through the soldiers that were there watch over the protests.
Distrust of Government
It took a lot of American citizens that were effected by the Vietnam War many years to gain back the trust of the government. Some citizens were so severely effected that the still haven't gained back the full trust of the United States government.
Distrust of Government
The Second way that the Vietnam War impacted American Society was because it lead to the general distrust of the United States Government. Many of the people in the U.S. believed that the government was making a bad decision by being in Vietnam, and they didn't trust the government to make the right decisions when it came to the war.
Public Dislike Towards Soldiers and Police
The third way that American Society was impacted by the Vietnam War was because the Public formed a dislike towards soldiers and police.
Public Dislike Towards Soldiers and Police
There was also events in the United States that made the public dislike the soldiers. Again, the Kent State Shooting had a major impact on the public. Because the National Guard shot and killed 4 people, the citizens started to dislike the soldiers that were in America.
In Washington DC, the activist marched from the Lincoln Memorial to the Pentagon. At the Pentagon, over 300,000 protesters were met by soldiers there to protect the building. The soldiers didn't take a liking to the activist trying to get into the Pentagon, and were forced to arrest over 400 protestors.
The American people were not trusting in the government, and were not trusting in their president, Lyndon B. Johnson. They didn't believe that he was making the right decision by keeping the United States in the war, and keeping the soldiers in Vietnam.
Distrust of Government
Because of event like the My Lai massacre, and other similar events that took place during the war, the U.S. citizens started to question whether the United States was still had the right morals, and whether or not America was still the defender of freedom for the world.
Public Dislike Towards Military
Public Dislike Towards Soldiers and Police
The United States public was able to witness the mass killings that were occurring the war, which they were unable to do in previous wars. This made the U.S. citizens second guess the way the soldiers and the military were running, and it impacted the American society.
These protest were held in many different cities, including Washington DC and New York City.
The protest that impacted American Society because it lead to the division of the country and lead to chaos in the nation.
Distrust of Government
Another reason that the people didn't believe in the government was because it managed to get so bad, so fast. The U.S. government went from being having a thriving economy and confidence in the local governments to having poor economy and a bad transformation in the local and state governments.

By Zach Zimmer
Distrust of Government
A factor that helped the citizens form a dislike for the soldier was because the war was televised. The people could watch the horrible things that the U.S. soldiers were doing to the Vietnamese citizens, who hadn't done anything wrong.
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