• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

American Public Opinion During Vietnam.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

��ࡱ�>�� 68����5�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������5@ ��0�.bjbj�2�2 (8�X�X�#�������������������8� ���vNPPPPPP$ER��t�t�����NN.��. �X(����.N�0�.m m .������m �. ttAmerican Public Opinion During Vietnam In the early sixties the public opinion was favourable towards USA's involvement in the war. From 64-65 a poll showed that 80 percent of the population agreed with Johnson and were for the war. America at this time saw it's-self as the "good guys" in the war, the ones who were there to defend the Vietnamese from the evils of communism. Baring in mind that the war occurred at the height of the cold war and the propaganda was quite strong; there was an overall distrust of communism and the East. The Domino theory was also very popular and so people were prepared to let Johnson stop it at nearly any cost. And besides America had won every war it had ever entered into, and so how much harm could a third world country full of peasants and farmers do? America had other reasons for being so confident; they had the best army and air force in the world, and at the time they were the richest country in the world. In 1967 Johnson introduced the Conscription Act. This was unpopular as people started to question why they were being sent hundreds of miles from home to fight a war that was nothing to do with America. Lots of people started to tear up their draft papers, even Bill Clinton destroyed his and refused to become part of the war. ...read more.

Middle

They weren't the only civil rights movement group to stand up against the war. Sections of the women's rights movements also dedicated themselves to the withdrawal of American troops in Vietnam. The war was also a great hindrance on America's economic stature. 13 percent of all government spending by 1968 was on Vietnam. This denied funds to America other needs such as hospitals, education and health. Black leaders such as Martin Luther King challenged the American spending, saying that they were neglecting the more pressing social issues, such as racism, social security and many other internal affairs that were bothering America at the time. This did not help win support for the war. Question 4 After 1968 it was clear to any one, even military advisors that the war was not going to be won by the Americans. If they were not going to retreat from Vietnam they would most certainly lose. The guerrilla style fighting was not what the Americans were used to, in fact the whole environment, fighting style and country was completely alien to them. Though they had of coarse fought in Korea, the difference there was that they won. In Vietnam no matter how many thousands of tons of bombs they dropped, the enemy was too elusive. The morale of the American troops was so low that in total, over 800 attempts at fragging (the name given to the action of trying to kill an officer with a hand grenade) ...read more.

Conclusion

This was not to mean the cold war was over, the nuclear arms race with the USSR continued, but it did mean that the Vietnam War was drawing to an end. This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ �+�+`,a,�,�,D-E-�-�-(.).�.�.�.�.������������hS �hS �OJQJhS �hS �CJOJQJ%hS �hS �OJQJfHq� ����)hS �hS �CJOJQJfHq� ����hS �h3� h3�hS �'(� � "#�����!�!u%v%l*m*�+a,����������������������������$a$gdS �gd3��+�.��a,b,c,d,�,�,�,�,E-F-G-H-�-�-�-�-).*.+.,.�.�.�.�.�.�.�������������������������gd3�$a$gdS �$a$gdS �&1�h:p3���/ ��=!�'"�'#��$��%��D@�D NormalCJ_H aJmH nHsH tHDA@�D Default Paragraph FontRi�R Table Normal�4� l4�a� (k�(No ListDZ@�D 3� Plain TextCJOJQJ^JaJ4@4 S �Header ���!4 @4 S �Footer ���!`�o"` S �watermark header$a$CJOJQJfHq� ����N�o2N S �watermark footer$a$ CJOJQJ�&8����r�V�:���.a,�.�.�&��alex�S �3��@�#�1��&P@��Unknown������������G��z ��Times New Roman5V��Symbol3&� �z ��Arial7&�� �VerdanaG5�� �����h�MS Mincho-�3� fg?5� �z ��Courier New"1���h :�& :�& :�&l��l��$�������4�#�#3�� H�?������������������3���&American Public Opinion During VietnamTCoursework.Info Coursework - http://www.coursework.info/ - Redistribution ProhibitedTCoursework.Info Coursework - http://www.coursework.info/ - Redistribution Prohibitedalexalex�� ��Oh��+'��0����0@��� 4 @ L Xdlt|�'American Public Opinion During VietnamfUCoursework.Info Coursework - http://www.coursework.info/ - Redistribution ProhibitedualexewoUCoursework.Info Coursework - http://www.coursework.info/ - Redistribution Prohibitedu>Downloaded from Coursework.Info - http://www.coursework.info/is Normal.dotfalexl.d2exMicrosoft Word 10.0@@�e���@�e���@�e���l��� ��Õ.��+,��D��Õ.��+,���D���H����� ���� � #�UCoursework.Info Coursework - http://www.coursework.info/ - Redistribution Prohibited OpUCoursework.Info Coursework - http://www.coursework.info/ - Redistribution Prohibited OpUCoursework.Info Coursework - http://www.coursework.info/ - Redistribution Prohibited Op $��#A 'American Public Opinion During Vietnam Titled@���+K_PID_LINKBASE CopyrightDownloaded FromCan RedistributeOwner�A4http://www.coursework.comcoursework.comehttp://www.coursework.com VNo, do not redistributecoursework.com/ ���� !"#$����&'()*+,����./01234��������7����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Root Entry�������� �F�Z(���9�1Table��������WordDocument��������(8SummaryInformation(����%DocumentSummaryInformation8������������-CompObj������������j������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ ���� �FMicrosoft Word Document MSWordDocWord.Document.8�9�q ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 essays

  1. The Vietnam War – G.C.S.E. History Coursework

    The positive aspect of the sources includes the fat that it gives us the anti-AWM view. A bad thing is that it was written in 1995 and this might effect reliability of the source. This source demonstrates to me that Garfinkle had an anti-AWM view and that he supported the general trend of sources 7,9 and 19.

  2. Khrushchev's attempts at modernisation.

    Indeed the total amount of new land given over to cultivation was equal to all the cultivated land in Britain, France and Spain combined! The collective farms were also amalgamated into gigantic farm cities so that peasants could enjoy some of the amenities of urban life.

  1. The six-day war Coursework

    shows; "Egypt...closed the Gulf of Akaba, which she knew Israel would regard as an act of war" They also say that Israel was a mistake. On Iraqi radio, the president said, "Israel is an error which we must put right".

  2. A Study of Air Supremacy in the Korean War.

    From that time on until the end of the war, B-29s were never allowed on daytime missions or for that matter without a fighter escort. Unfortunately for the bomber crews, even the fighter escorts could not fend off the MiG-15 attacks.

  1. History Coursework on Hammersmith and Fulham

    It suggests that there was some damage to the road and possibly that the mains or utilities were damaged such as the electricity cables. It also suggests that people whose house had been affected went back to collect their possessions as there are, what looks like, furniture and personal items on the side of the road.

  2. Rationality, Educated Opinion and Peace

    Carr dismisses the 'utopians' as being unable to understand political reality and sets up a dichotomy that supposes "utopia: reality= free will: determinism= theory: practice= morality: power =universal: relative= intellectual: bureaucrat= Left: Right" 7 The dichotomy presented by Carr undermines interwar idealism, and leads, in part, to the rejection of the practical value of these theories.

  1. Was the public misled about conditions in the Trenches?

    Also they might be afraid that they might get called a chicken so they would loose their manly pride. Another reason why it maybe wasn't the posters which made men join the army is it doesn't tell us the date on the photo.

  2. Which group made more progress as a result of World War Two: American women, ...

    Fore women the New Deal also did nothing. Women were still expected to stay home, but they were given benefits from what their husbands received in work. In 1933 the National Industrial Recovery Act was passed, and a quarter of the codes it included stated women should be paid less than men.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work