998 words - 4 pages public approved LBJ's handling of job as president, but after Tet, it dropped by 12% to 36%; 39% ofthe public approved LBJ's handling ofVietnam before it, and it decreased by 13% to 26%; 45% ofthe public believe that Vietnamwas a mistake, but after Tet, 49% ofthe people believed so, it was increased by 4 % . The data above show the demoralizing effect to the American general public, these changes contributed to the later of Anti-war movement and US withdrawal. Because the US was more of a democratic country, the public opinion affects a great deal of how the government is making a decision. Moreover, nearly one month after the start ofthe Tet Offensive, the anchormanVIEW DOCUMENT
947 words - 4 pagesMummys, they are something that you would see going trick-or-treating on Halloween night. Or a good topic for a scary story at a sleepover. But have you ever wondered whatthe history is behind them? Whatwas mummifying? How did they mummify people? Why did they mummify people? Whatwasthepurposeof mummification? Let’s go back to Ancient Egypt to see what mummification really was.
Imagine walking through the “red land” in Egypt. Desert as far as the can see, surrounded by the hot, dry, humid air. Sand piled higher than the empire state building. As you’re walking, the sun beats down on you. Then you see it. A beautiful temple that looks out of place in this hot lonely desertVIEW DOCUMENT
961 words - 4 pages your body once you pass away would be mummified in the Egyptian religion’s afterlife as well.("Why Ancient Egyptians Believed Mummifying Their Dead Necessary? - Curiosity." Thesis. N.d. Curiosity. Web. 08 Nov. 2013).
The Egyptians purpose for doing this is so they could have a new body that could last for ever and for the soul to live happily in the afterlife.Another reason was to “create a body that could continue to house a person’s ka and ba. The ka was a ‘life force’ sustained by the consumption of food and drink.”Said Pitt Rivers Museum.("Treatment ofthe Dead - Animals and Belief – Ancient Egypt." Treatment ofthe Dead - Animals and Belief – Ancient Egypt. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 NovVIEW DOCUMENT
920 words - 4 pages://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War" title="VietnamWar">war in Vietnamwasthe first to be televised extensively. What Americans saw on their screens did little to convince them they were winning thewar especially since the Tet offensive. In the autumn of 1969 there were large demonstrations of over 250,000 people against thewar. On 4 May, at Kent State University, Ohio, National Guardsmen panicked when faced with student protesters. Four students were killed, including two women who were walking to classes. Also anti-war organization such as Draft Resistance Movement was set up that tried to disrupt conscription. It encouraged young people who had been called up, not to join theVIEW DOCUMENT
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“No event in American history is more misunderstood than theVietnamWar.” (Richard M. Nixon, 1985) Despite almost half a century of retrospect, numerous studies, and the declassification of military documents, former President Nixon’s assertion still holds truth. Of all the wars that the United States has fought in, theVietnamWar has compelled the most Americans to question what we were fighting for and why. WastheVietnamWar a just war?
The Just War Theory
The Just War Theory has been shaped over the centuries by historians and philosophers. However, the most systematic account ofthe Just War Theory was formulated by Saint Thomas Aquinas in his SummaVIEW DOCUMENT
1024 words - 4 pagesWhatwasthe nature and purposeofthe Hitler Youth?
In this essay I shall be looking at whatthepurposeofthe Hitler Youth was and as to why Hitler chose to set it up. The Hitler Youth was an organisation in which Hitler used to indoctrinate pupils into believing in the superiority ofthe Aryan race, to value compliance, discipline and sacrifice while having indisputable loyalty to the Fuhrer. Thepurposeof this was to create a Germany that would always remain faithful to Hitler so there would never be anarchy. Hitler programmed Youths to follow anti-Semitism and to imbed a faithfulness that would offer an undisputable faithfulness to the Fuhrer while fighting for him, even beingVIEW DOCUMENT
1884 words - 8 pages coming together to oppose the government, similarly to what had happened in America. Although within the general public there was widespread support or a lack of interest in thewar, the opposition for it grew as thewar continued on. Anti-war demonstrations began, wives of soldiers who were deployed wrote aggressive letters and made angry phone calls, and many anti-war pamphlets, posters and literatures were distributed. All in all, the majority ofthe Australian nation was in support for Australia's involvement in theVietnamWar, however despite this, there was an angry backlash and many did oppose it, and some displayed this in a very public manner.TheVietnamWarwasthe longestVIEW DOCUMENT
3733 words - 15 pagesTheVietnam Conflict TheVietnamWarwas a long and frustrating experience for the American people. Even before the United States involvement began, North and South Vietnam were in conflict with each other. ?When Vietnamwas divided in 1954, many Viet Minh who had been born in the southern part ofthe country returned to their native villages to await the 1956 elections and the reunification of their nation?(Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 99). When the elections did not take place as planned, these Viet Minh sought to overthrow Diem?s government (Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 99). ? The Viet Minh were greatlyVIEW DOCUMENT
3132 words - 13 pages looked like the American forces were winning, officials could fool themselves into believing it would be a victory; however the Tet Offensive showed the reality ofthe situation. Presidents seemed to be set on destroying Communism, being blind to thefact that building a feasible South Vietnamwas outside of America's power, whatwas needed was for them to understand Vietnam and 'work with rather than against this powerful force'13. The majority of Vietnamese did not 'even know the difference between communism and democracy'14.TheVietnamWarwasthe first war with free press, so the media played a huge part in undermining thewar effort, undermining public opinion and demoralisingVIEW DOCUMENT
1710 words - 7 pages greatest loss caused by theVietnamWarwas probably the togetherness ofthe American society. American idealism led to an opinion that the Vietnamese society can be relatively easily transformed to democracy. When this optimistic thesis fell down, it unavoidably led to disillusion. The prevailing phenomenon was also the misunderstanding ofthe military problem.
Looking at the complex problem brings me to the following conclusion:
Before The United States (and this applies to any other nation) decide to enter any war, they should be clearly aware ofthe nature ofthe threat they will confront and ofthe nature ofthe aims they can reach. They must have a clear military strategy and a clear definition ofwhat they will consider a successful military result. And if America decides to commence any military action, it should not accept any other alternative but victory. America can recover from Vietnam only by learning from its wounds.
What Was The Purpose Of The Vietnam War Research Paper
1839 words - 7 pagesA. Plan of Investigation
The investigation evaluates to what extent the failure ofthe United States in theVietnamWarwas predictable. It assesses how this failure was predictable in the long and short-term and what factors were involved. The two sources used for a deeper study are from America in Vietnam, by Guenter Lewy and The army and Vietnam by Andrew F. Krepinevich Jr. Their origins, purpose, values and limitations will be discussed to assess their usefullness for the investigation.
The investigation will partially focus on the course oftheVietnamWar and how North Vietnam and the Viet Cong were an example ofthe U.S. army`s weakness in a foreign territory. Furthermore, theVIEW DOCUMENT
What Was The Purpose Of The Vietnam War Research Paper
989 words - 4 pages by the North Vietnamese in 1968. Ten weeks before the Tet Offensive, the senior military commander ofthe US forces in Vietnam, General William Westmoreland said in a televised new conference that he had seen 'a light at the end ofthe tunnel' implying that the end ofthewarwas soon to come. Television, back at that time, was one ofthe very few media that the general public had accessed to, and it was one ofthe very few ways the general public could get the news ofwhatwas going on during theVIEW DOCUMENT
1608 words - 6 pagesTheVietnamWar took two decades of twentieth century and it wasthe longest and the most difficult war in American history. Robert Buzzanco claims that Americans were not involved in the conflict from its beginning, because they were not interested in Vietnam at the end of World War II. It has changed when Americans became aware of European politics and western economic expansion which were connected with Indochina. Such as World War II wasthe major turning point in case of Vietnamese struggle for liberalism and social revolution, theVietnamWar had strong impact on America in the 1960s. (Buzzanco 1999) Spector states that VietnamWarwas for Americans “manifestation ofthe Cold WarVIEW DOCUMENT
1109 words - 4 pagesIt is commonly known in the United States that theVietnamWarwas not a popular war. In fact, it was highly protested and a number of movies later came of it, including one that many people know and love: Forrest Gump. Other movies included To the Shores of Hell, Good Guys Wear Black, The Ballad of Andy Crocker, and many more. However, many ofthe horrors that people associate with thewar come from being in Vietnam, not from the backyards ofthe American people. Yet the violence and atrocities occurred in the United States as well as in Vietnam.
One ofthe biggest advocates for an end to war in Vietnamwasthe Students for Democratic Society (SDS). While many people who supported peaceVIEW DOCUMENT
1076 words - 4 pages dead and 300,000 wounded. The soldiers who offered their lives were on average the age of 23 meaning many gave up education and a family to fight for the lives in the bloody massacre we call theVietnamWar. At the beginning the United States only gave minor assistance to South Vietnam, but as the years continued and the Northern Communist began crippling the South, the United States offered more military aid. In 1961 after President John F. Kennedy sent a group of officials to assess the progress of preventing the spread of communism. It became evident that more military support was needed. “Working under the "domino theory," which held that if one Southeast Asian country fell to communismVIEW DOCUMENT
567 words - 2 pages individual marksmanship, the independence of platoons, small scale platoons and ambushes. This resulted in Australia killing less Vietcong but they had less casualties then the Americans.In 1965 more regular troops were sent to Vietnam and in April 1966 conscription was introduced which lead to about 15,500 troops being conscripted. By the end of Australia's involvement in thewar in 1972 Australia sent 47,000 troops to Vietnam. These troops survived in appalling conditions; endless rain, heat, swamps and mosquitoes that could give malaria. The Vietcong were expert at setting traps which would often injure or sometimes even kill a soldier e.g. the Vietcong would dig a pit which they wouldVIEW DOCUMENT
1092 words - 4 pages physical pain. The soldiers oftheVietnamWar felt both of these types of pain during their one-year trip in Vietnam. The pain whatwas felt on the body was created from the numerous weapons, explosives and ammunition cartages that had to be carried at all times.
Among the necessities or near-necessities were P-38 can openers, pocket knives, heat tabs… …and two or three canteens of water. Together, these items weighed between 12 and 18 pounds. They all carried steel helmets that weighed 5 pounds. On their feet they carried jungle boots—2.1 pounds. (O’Brien 2)
After many hours of carrying these supplies the soldiers would start to break down. The weight ofthe things that they carried wouldVIEW DOCUMENT
3446 words - 14 pages House and its policy really prepared for this kind ofwar? What were the causes ofthe defeat? What had the soldiers to deal with in Vietnam?These were all quetions when I started to deal with theVietnamWar. In this paper I would like to answer those questions as good as I can!2. American Intervention through poor politicsWhen former President John F. Kennedy was shot, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson took over office in Washington. He was pressured to follow through on the lateVIEW DOCUMENT
1481 words - 6 pagesTheVietnam WarThere is a strange irony about the US involvement in South East Asia, and Vietnam in particular. In 1941, in the "Atlantic Charter" signed by the United States and its allies, the United States rejected colonialism and supported the principle of "self-determination" for all colonized countries around the world. Therefore, one might wonder why the US decided to get involved so deeply in the political destiny of a country that was a French colony fighting for its independence. TheVietnamWar is the longest war in the history ofthe United States, so far. The involvement, also called "the Second IndochinaVIEW DOCUMENT
2591 words - 10 pages psychological wounds (68).
Various reasons explain why Vietnam vets had become psychologically ill. Coleman believes it was a lack of leadership, support, and trust. Troops were trained to believe the Vietnamese were below Americans and they were just ‘gooks’ (74). One by one each veteran tells their story in the documentary “Winter Soldier,” and the same story is told in different words. In the moment ofwarthe men were persuaded to believe what they were doing was for the good of their country (Lesser). Soldiers were left to feel as if they were sent to Vietnam to die because ofthe obvious racial and class inequalities (83). Evidently this demonstrates why draftees felt morally confusedVIEW DOCUMENT
1171 words - 5 pagesVietnamWar
In the 1950's, the United States had begun to send troops to Vietnam and during the following 25-year period, the ensuing war would create some ofthe strongest tensions in US history. Almost 3 million US men and women were sent thousands of miles to fight for whatwas a questionable cause. In total, it is estimated that over 2 million people on both sides were killed.
This site does not try to document the entire history oftheVietnamWar but is intended as a picture essay, illustrating some ofthe incredible conditions under which soldiers from both sides lived, fought, played and ultimately died. Almost all ofthe images shown were taken by the legendary combatVIEW DOCUMENT
1117 words - 4 pages anything solved? No, it didn’t solve the
problem of communism, or help free Vietnam. America’s involvement in Vietnam only made
America look worse to the rest ofthe world. Sadly enough, America is looked upon as a big
bully on the playground.
Before thewar started, America was boasting in glory and power. The United States had
just one World War II and American citizens were enjoying the success. The economy was in
good shape and the military ready for another round. So when America entered theVietnamWar
they were overconfident that America would win. The American army had no idea what they
were headed into. When they got there it was a world that was new to themVIEW DOCUMENT
1008 words - 4 pagesSocial, Economic and Political Effects oftheWar.The controversial VietnamWar had a huge impact on Australian society in the 1960's/1970's. It affected all aspects of society, such as the social, economic and political issues. Vietnamwas known as a 'TV War'. A lot of violent and gruesome footage ofthewarwas broadcasted right into people's homes. People felt the need to report their own opinions and a very biased view ofthewar, they were not concerned with the thoughts ofthe Vietnamese people and their say in whatVIEW DOCUMENT
3183 words - 13 pagesVietnamwas so significant to the United States partly as it would be
the first war they would lose. It also had a tremendous financial
impact on the country and the casualties were also more in the public
eye than ever before due to the media. They learnt that:
"a long war for limited objectives, with its steady stream of body
bags, will not be supported by the American people" (Martino, 1996,
Some suggest that the US should have avoided any involvement in thewar. However, it is important to consider the political climate ofthe
time when passingVIEW DOCUMENT
1636 words - 7 pageswas later expanded to justifysupport for any nation that the United States government believed was threatenedby Communism during the Cold War period, in this case, theVietnamWar.TheVietnamWar took its toll on the American soldiers. When they returnedhome, they were different people. They didn't look the same, they didn't act thesame, they weren't the same. Some could not hold on to their sanity in light ofwhatthey had seen and been through. In order to take the soldiers minds off the horrorsall around them the U.S. command brought in boatloads of toys for the men to playwith, everything from go-carts to violins. There was surfingVIEW DOCUMENT
3080 words - 12 pages one land in a region came under the influence of Communism, the surrounding countries would follow in a domino-like effect". (Small) So basically, once one country turns to Communism, all the surrounding countries will follow until it has taken over completely. This theory was used by U.S administrators during the Cold War to clarify and justify the need for American intervention around the world. The idea had been in existence for quite some time, but it was only clear what it really was when President Dwight D. Eisenhower put it into words in 1954, when referring to communism.
In order for Vietnam to be free of a Communist government, the United States decided to ally with France soVIEW DOCUMENT
1655 words - 7 pagesThe united front had long and historic roots in Vietnam. Used earlier in the century to mobilize anti-French forces, the united front brought together Communists and non-Communists in an umbrella organization that had limited, but important goals. On December 20, 1960, the Party' s new united front, the National Liberation Front (NLF), was born. Anyone could join this front as long as they opposed Ngo Dinh Diem and wanted to unify Vietnam.The character ofthe NLF and its relationship to the Communists in Hanoi has caused considerable debate among scholars, anti-war activists, and policymakers. From the birth ofthe NLF, government officials in Washington claimed that Hanoi directed theVIEW DOCUMENT
1937 words - 8 pages“Teaching theVietnamWar makes one realize how the shape of a narrative determines, and is determined by, its content” (Franklin 246). TheVietnamWarwas one of America’s most controversial wars. Many of its aspects are still plagued with great uncertainty. Those aspects oftheVietnamWar are argued and debated about, they were argued during the time ofthewar and the arguing has continued. TheVietnamWarwas indeed a time of confusion. Why did thewar start? Whatwasthe United States’ real reason for getting involved? Whatwasthe objective ofthewar? What were the American soldiers really fighting, or in reality, dying for? How do you explain a war to someone who has notVIEW DOCUMENT
2336 words - 9 pages because they
were being sent hundreds of miles away to fight a war, which had
nothing to do with America.
The media played a large role in turning Americans against thewar.
This warwasthe first was in which the media had no restrictions on
what they could show the
people. It is known as the T.V. War. Marshall McLuhan, a journalist
from Regent's School of Communication and the Arts, said, "Television
brought the brutality ofwar into the comfort ofthe living room.
Vietnamwas lost in the living rooms of America--not on the
battlefields ofVietnam"(Patterson). This wasthe first war to have
been filmed. It was shown daily on theVIEW DOCUMENT
2411 words - 10 pages against the US Government and also thewar. I do not think that this was significant in the long term as when thewar ended the US no longer took money away for thewar and also gave back the funding and everything went back to normal, but at the time it certainly had a huge impact on what society and the Government thought about thewar.
In Vietnam 4 million people died during thewar, including civilians. This affected Vietnam massively in the short term as a lot of farmers had been killed and therefore Vietnamwas short on food and other resources. Also Vietnams population is much smaller than the USs due to the difference between the sizes of their countries so 4 million peopleVIEW DOCUMENT
1028 words - 4 pagesTheVietnamWarOne ofthe most remembered aspects oftheVietnamWar era was student and campus unrest. Student activist played a key role in bringing antiwar ideas to the broader public. Before theVietnamWar Americans held politicians and congressmen in a high regard. Many people had formed their opinions about thewar and whatthe United States intentions were. Some thought that the United States had good intentions about getting involved then they felt that the U.S. involvement was becoming a burden socially and economically they also believed that the United States needed to pull out ofVietnam. The other group of people thought that we should not leave Vietnam until theVIEW DOCUMENT
570 words - 2 pages for NBC she was also sent to report on thewar in Vietnam. We set next to each other inn first class and discussed thewar. Before i knew it we had landed and i would never see her face again.As soon as i got to the hotel i had already been witness to a rebel bombing at a cafe across the street. That night i couldn't get to sleep the tropic weather was to humid and the machine gun fire was ear perching. The following morning i wasof to a press conference. Other than that constant fighting there wasn't allot happening here in Saigon. There was more news in the states. Almost everyday there were marches and protests in the capital. As the days away from the statesVIEW DOCUMENT
2756 words - 11 pages returned home insane. Through an examination oftheVietnamWar, in particular an event know as the My Lai Massacre, and the people involved with both, it can be proven that when the threshold for violence of a person is met or exceeded, the resulting psychological scarring becomes the most prominent reason for war being hell. Although officially, theVietnam Conflict had neither a beginning nor an end, for thepurposeof this paper it can be best examined through the decade the United States was involved: February 6, 1965 - August 30, 1975. DuringVIEW DOCUMENT
1747 words - 7 pages time period. Unfortunately, many of these men were not able to make these decisions. Millions of men were forced, drafted, into a battle that many "considered to be illegal and immoral (Maxwell 37). It's hard to imagine basically being forced to put life on hold, leave family, and risk life fighting a war. Some men were opposed to the draft, and were determined to find ways to avoid it; on the other hand, many men accepted the terms ofthe draft. I believe a person has a right to make his own decision about fighting in a war. In theVietnam time era, the concerns of a man who was getting drafted went from bettering his and his families’ life to deciding to go to war or find an alternativeVIEW DOCUMENT
826 words - 3 pagesthe monument honors
only those lost, but that is incorrect. Maya Lin¹s design formed into the
most unique memorial structure of its kind, which honors all who served in
theVietnamWar (Colliers 23: 137).
The official name given to the monument wastheVietnam Veterans memorial.
In this name alone it is clear that it was not erected for the sole
purposeof honoring only those who were lost in the conflict. The term KIA
wasthe abbreviation used for those people who were killed in action, and
these people represent 47,000 ofthe 58,000 names on the wall. The other
11,000 were soldiers who died from crashes, snake bites, illnesses, and
other non-combat related deaths (Olson 227VIEW DOCUMENT
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U.S. History II
April 25, 2014
TheVietnamWarTheVietnamwar started in December of 1956, and lasted until April of 1975. Thewarwas between the U.S., and Vietnam. This warwas a very gruesome, and tragic war. In Vietnam their leader Ho Chi Minh came back after a 30 year trip to explore around the world. When he returned his country was occupied by two major countries, Japan and France. Ho Chi Minh had a plan to run them out of his country, but he needed the U.S. for it to work. U.S. was still in the Cold war with Russia and there was fear of communism there. So the U.S. decided not to help Vietnam and send military aid to help the French and JapaneseVIEW DOCUMENT
879 words - 4 pages, where each person was designated a number according to their birthday. Birth dates were picked in random order, and assigned a number that corresponded with the order they were picked in. Those with the lowest numbers were drafted first.TheVietnamWarwas a time of great sorrow, grief and loss for families who had lost their loved ones in thewar. The reason that so many lives were lost was due to the fact that the U.S government chose to intervene in another country's issues and tried to change Vietnam into what they wanted it to be, so that it could benefit their country. No person can change the past but we can try to make the world a better place. Those lost lives cannot beVIEW DOCUMENT
965 words - 4 pages they didn't like the reason that we were at war with them, and because it was such a long war that made them loose a lot of troops.5.The terrain ofVietnam would have affected the American troops in a bad way, because the American troops had been training on flat ground, and had to go and fight in the thick, bushy, jungle terrain ofVietnam. The Vietnamese would have had an advantage, because they were fighting in the area of which they lived, so they knew where all the good spots to hide, and sniper American troops from. The Vietnamese also hid up in trees with bombs, and guns.6.The term "search and destroy" refers to whatthe American troops thought would win them theVIEW DOCUMENT
2262 words - 9 pagesVietnam could be described as a two front war, a war in
Vietnam with war being waged with tanks, guns and bullets, and a "war at home," fought on the streets,
campuses and offices throughout the nation.
TheVietnamWarwas probably the most important historical event in which the news media's
influence was felt among the American public. TheVietnamWarwas a conflict that many Americans
would like to forget. What began as a fight against Communism and the spread of it, thewar escalated
to an uncontrollable point. The United States were unable to fight on the Vietnamese terrain with its
jungles and sticky, wet climate as well as to recognizeVIEW DOCUMENT
1091 words - 4 pagesTheVietnamWar Throughout the past century, there have been numerous controversial topics from suffrage to slavery. Perhaps one ofthe most controversial, at least in my opinion, wasthewar in Vietnam. Even today, right now, if you ask someone what he or she thinks about theVietnamWar, you are sure to get an earful. But, while opinions have their place, the real questions still linger. How did this war start? Whatwasthe United States involvement in thewar? Lastly, wasthe price that the United States paid worth it? These are the questions I posed to myself, and then set out to try and answer here, in thisVIEW DOCUMENT
1569 words - 6 pages pursuing a degree in these types of careers are attending college for job preparation. On December 10, 2009 at Hamilton University in Clinton, New York, college professors debated current college curriculum (Liew). They talked about how their college could make a leap from being good to being great. At the 22nd American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges conference held in Long Beach California on November 14, 1996 the topic of changing curriculum was discussed (“Mich”). The University of Louisiana, Lafayette, is eliminating its philosophy major, while Michigan State University is doing away with American studies and classics, after years of decline in enrollments in those majorsVIEW DOCUMENT
1030 words - 4 pagesTheVietnamWar
Sources A, B, C, E, H and I all support and say that the Americans
lost theVietnamWar because ofthe mistakes they made. Source A talks
about how President Johnson ordered the bombings of North Vietnam
which got America involved too much in Vietnam which meant that he
should have invaded the North. Johnson was not a ruthless man and the
bombings he did were half-hearted and limited. The air force had told
him that they would succeed only if there was heavy and continuous
bombing but he refused. The big mistake that Johnson made and this
source talks about is just giving the initial orders to bomb North
Vietnam. Source B says theVIEW DOCUMENT
1313 words - 5 pages that some of our dreams can be very powerful and actually cause us to hurt ourselves. We might feel like what we are dreaming is actually real and we would want to act upon it. We can maybe hurt ourselves For example, we have all had that one dream where we feel like are falling and we jump off our beds or we dream that we are fighting against someone or something and we end up punching something that is reals.
This brings me to the next point of using dreams to help us heals our minds. “Since dreams are so visual, they hold an image related to that subject in your mind as you fall asleep.” (Roberts, 2011) If we fall asleep with a thought in mind that we don’t talk about, then it’s possibleVIEW DOCUMENT
940 words - 4 pagesTheVietnamWar
To many, the 1960's could definately be considered one ofthe most controversial decades of this century. It was a time in which many mistakes were made evolving around theVietnamWar which resulted in the immense suffering of two nations. Thewar had many casualties; along with the death of soldiers and civilians, LBJ's presidency and the 'Great Society' also were killed by thewar. The US's fear ofthe domino theory led them in an attempt to control the spread of communism in North Vietnam, whose government was led by Ho Chi Minh. This attempt had failed in many ways because of an inexperienced president and his unarticulated ideals of how to control a war andVIEW DOCUMENT
1119 words - 4 pages free thinking generation that was to follow.As a reaction to the growing violence ofthe 1960's, many people turned to the ideals of peace and love. Ironically, many of those who were seen to be in favor of peace, including President John Kennedy, his brother Bobby, the black civil rights leader Martin Luther King, and many unarmed civil rights workers were murdered. The horrors ofthewar in Vietnam dramatized what many saw as drift towards destruction, and their reaction was to seek a genuinely peaceful way of life. Across the world, youth took up the slogan 'Make Love not War', and the LoveVIEW DOCUMENT
1047 words - 4 pages, “the stink was everywhere.” Troops, therefore, saw themselves as outsiders who were freed from normal social and moral constraints.
Hollywood’s response to Vietnam’s environment and the people was portrayed through, “Apocalypse Now,” directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Colonel Bill Kilgore comments that no matter whatthe ideal circumstances were Vietnam still wasn’t home. He is tired ofthe alien environment and wishes for his sanity he left behind at home. This stylistically surreal film (shot in the Philippines) depicts the beauty ofVietnam mixed with the madness ofwar. Coppola captures the relaxing white beaches with palm trees and rolling waves, just so he can jarringly contrastVIEW DOCUMENT
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win. Wife's and girlfriends were supported it to because at the time
ofwar it brought back the economy out a depression. So while most
people living the United States had no clue whatwas really going on
in wars prior to Vietnam. Very few films ever portrayed the death of
American soldiers or if they did they would not show the faces of
those who did die. The media was restricted to showing the real images
for fear ofwhatthe Americans people living in the states would
think. The means of showing those images was not quite there, most
people would listen to the radio or those moments shown on television
that portrayed thewar were recorded and alreadyVIEW DOCUMENT
1649 words - 7 pages great journey to purge the communists from Vietnam. Sadly, this is not what happened. The Viet Cong (VC) had far better tactics than the US. The VC was told to 'nibble at the enemy' so that he could 'neither eat or sleep'. This worked very well. Another demoralizing tactic the VC used was their landmines; they were designed to blow the limbs off the soldiers without killing them. This tied up hospital beds and meant the soldiers had to carry the wounded back to the base.
As you can see, the US has had better ideas than entering in this war. So why did we enter in it? Mainly because of fear, fear of communism. Communism is a socioeconomic structure and political ideology that promotes theVIEW DOCUMENT
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Theories on man’s development from a state of nature into politics and the present have all been an attempt to understand thepurposeof life. After all, a look at what man was like before politics should give some sense ofwhat his initial aims were. However, the ends of mankind have never been agreed upon, with ideas ranging from simple survival to complex interrelations of populations on a global scale. Perhaps the best way to define the ends ofthe individual would be that those ends must be found by the individual, thus making them different for every person. However, for a political individual, there is a larger interplay of forces. In a political society, it is possible for othersVIEW DOCUMENT
1218 words - 5 pages afford college? What if you don’t want to go to college but to a trade school or get a simple certificate instead? That is when we start to deeply think what role college is playing in our society. Should college be an option? What’s the real purposeof going to college anyways? The real question is if by going to a university it would be really preparing students for real world.
One ofthe main reasons why people go to college is to improve themselves as people as well to improve in the socioeconomic status. For instance, people who came to the United States as immigrants to have a better life most like would want their kids to go to college, so they can be more educated and have a betterVIEW DOCUMENT