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How did the American public feel about the war in Vietnam, a

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How did the American public feel about the war in Vietnam, and how did these feelings change over time?
Protests
-The American people opposed U.S. involvement.
-People did not respond well to the increasing numbers of troops being sent over seas.
-Protests held by younger and older people, of all classes, religions and ethnic groups. But mainly held on university campuses
-It was the first war broadcast on TV
People could finally see what war was actually like.
-March 1965, Unviersity of Michigan held the first "Teach-in".
Teachers and students spoke out against the war and other social concerns: banning of nuclear weapons.
-"Doves and Hawks"
-Doves- opposed U.S. involvement
-Hawks- supported nations fight against communist Vietnam.
How people felt afterward
-Veterans return home from the war.
-some joined the anti-war movement.
-others still felt that war was justified.
-People today, still disagree on the main issue of the war.
-Believe that oppositions in the U.S. weakened war effort and had an overall effect on the war
-Some attest that U.S. leaders made the war a test of the nations power and leadership.
The effect the war had on the soldiers
-2,600,000 men and women directly affected by the war who had served.
-suffered from pathological problems:
PTSD
-Some adjusted smoothly to civilian life again.
- Others suffer from high rates of divorce, drug abuse, unemployment and homelessness.
Public Opinion
Towards the beginning of the war, the public respected President Eisenhower's Actions for the war
Many were against his actions, however they were not outspoken
Over time, opposition to the war grew and violence spread
The American people began to lose trust in their Government leaders
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