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

Did television play a major part in the US defeat in Vietnam?

Extracts from this document...


The Vietnam War Question 2 'The war on colour television screens in American living rooms has made Americans far more anti-war than anything else. The full brutality of the combat will be there in close-up and in full colour, and blood looks very red on the colour television screen.' (A statement made by a BBC commentator in 1970 to members of the British armed forces.) This statement suggests that television was an important reason why the United States lost the war in Vietnam. Is there sufficient evidence in Sources D to L to support this interpretation? Use the sources and knowledge from your own studies to explain your answer. There is much disagreement about whether television was an important reason why the United States lost the war in Vietnam. The Vietnam War has been described as 'the first war to be fought on the television screen.' Near the mid 60's the majority of American households had a television and millions watched the newsreels on the war. Source D is a North Vietnamese poster showing the problems faced by America fighting a guerrilla war. ...read more.


It must have been a surprise to discover how far from the truth this was. Parents of soldiers and siblings also became aware of the terrible loss of life when there loved ones either did not come home or were physically or mentally injured. This would have added to the images on the nightly news of the war and gradually the American public would have been disenchanted. Another aspect of the war relates to source H and the amount of money that was being spent rather than on improving domestic and social problems and Johnson had promised to 'feed and shelter the homeless, provide more education and medical care.' This cartoon published in 'punch' clearly indicates that Britain was critical of the war as indeed was Australia, which is reflected in source K This is obvious from source J that shows students holding anti war demonstrations in 1970. By this time most young people in America wanted the war stopped and the troops withdrawn immediately. The fact that so many young people were dying for no apparent gain led to a militant student rebellion against the government and their involvement in Vietnam. ...read more.


All anti war demonstrations were shown on television as well. Source K is also to do with television because in history, the country always wanted their men still fighting but because all the Australian's could see what was happening to their men and to the American soldiers, they were against the war. Source L is incredibly helpful because all the views are to do with the fact that television had something to do with losing the war. They all agree that it did In conclusion the sources suggest that television played a major part in the US defeat in Vietnam because it allowed people to see what was really happening in Vietnam. Images such as source E and other horrific pictures of wounded or dead people would have turned many Americans anti war. Television also allowed people to see that there was opposition to the war in their own country. Source J shows this in the form of a student protests and this kind of coverage would have prompted the American public to speak out against the war in Vietnam. Pressure from the public was a key reason why America withdrew their troops from Vietnam. Word count: 949 ...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. Coursework on discussing whether television was an important reason why the United States lost ...

    I also know that four students were shot while peacefully protesting at the Kent State University by the police. So source J supports the statement that colour Television was an important reason why the United States lost the war in Vietnam, because the United States public would have found out about the war through the media and in particular Television.

  2. I will be looking at how the U.S became increasingly involved Vietnam, the problems ...

    Britain had vast experience in the consequences of wars and wanted nothing to do with the war in Vietnam (much like in World War Two where the British government tried everything it could to avoid war with Germany including appeasement).

  1. This statement suggests that television was an important reason why the united states lost ...

    crime that he and the soldiers out of Charlie Company that took part in the atrocity committed. The whole thing was likened to what the Nazis did to the Jews. The incident created even more anti-war feelings among the American people.

  2. Explain why the US withdrew its forces from Vietnam in 1973?

    This generation was also a generation of protesters, influenced by icons such as 'rebel without a cause', James Dean and therefore radical protest politics came of age and 'civil rights' movements featured strongly. A key point in the expansion of the peace movement was Robert Kennedy coming out against the

  1. American History.

    the embodiment of republican virtue and sacrifice. *The First Emancipation* - Naturally, there was that other contradiction...slavery. Everybody saw this, including the slaves, some of who created petitions (which were ignored). - So in the North the "gradual emancipation" began: in 1777 Vermont abolished slavery, in the 1780s Massachusetts courts

  2. "The war on colour television screens in American living rooms had made Americans far ...

    This was typical of events happening all the time. The journalist is questioning their instructions; he wanted to know the truth about what was happening. This gives people sufficient evidence that things are going wrong in Vietnam. This account would have been on American TV.

  1. War on television.

    and as a result they Americans often killed civilians because it was impossibly to tell the diffrens between them and the veitumness soilders;. This source goes against the statement that says television was a cause for they Americans losing the war because it is highlighting the fact that it is

  2. Does Source C show that the anti-war protests described in Source A had an ...

    As long as this caption is correct the source shows women having a part in the war, although the photograph shows this woman's duty as just a time saving for others; the photograph does not tell us whether the woman pictured is actually firing the bullets.

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