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

Explain how the following were all important to the growth of the peace movement in America?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Explain how the following were all important to the growth of the peace movement in America? During the Vietnam War, the following were all important to the growth of the peace movement in America for a variety of reasons. Early in the sixties the public was favourable towards USA's involvement in the war. There were extremely confident nations who had never lost a war to date, and whose resources were limitless. So they naturally assumed that all their weapons and firepower would ensure the victory in a couple of months. However later in sixties there was a real shift in public opinion regarding the war. They started to question why they were being sent thousands of miles from home to fight to war, that was nothing to do with America. Further, in November 1965 there was an Anti war protest start to grow in USA, plus this increased more and more for the subsequent years, as significance there was a huge anti war protest meeting occurred in May 1970. ...read more.

Middle

In addition to this, the blanket bombing by B52 bombers too disappointed the Americans, for the reason that, the scale and the nature of the destruction was large so they increasingly become willing to join the protest. Their control of the air accounted little as they were unable to see whom they were killing. These Blanket bombs were partly used to destroy swam and paddy fields so it would become clear and the Vietcong could no more be suitable for tanks. As a result of using such terrific weapons, there were further blow to the already low morals in America. The result of this was the huge My Lai Massacre in March 1968, to end the massive loos of innocent lives. Over 300 Vietnamese women, children, babies and old men were gunned by American troops this event. The truth of the massacre shocks us even more and has changed the opinions of Americans. Soon the public began to oppose their own armies because they became more aware that the army was covering up atrocities. ...read more.

Conclusion

Unlike the Korean War and world war two, the government decided not to censor it and let the press have free access. They sent horrifying scenes such as small children being burned alive by napalm. They could actually see all the blood and the guts, as practically every citizen owned a television, these shocking images bombarded all over the public, and they become emotionally involved and sympathises for the war fell. The sickened American was appalled at these sights and stories and so growing youth movement, among started the protest against the Vietnam War. This was very damaging to the war effort. Even the My Lai Massacre brought up to the public attention in the course of the media, this shocked the world, and creates yet more opposition to the war. News editors made people question why the American were involved in a war many thousands of miles away. They have also made people aware of the growing number of casualties and the high costly of the war, as well as emphasising that the war was dragging on. Pauline Alagarajah 11Mur History ...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. Rationality, Educated Opinion and Peace

    Given this particular context, this paper questions the foundations of Wilsonian politics. This paper will thus postulate on the influence of public opinion and the impact of rationality on the maintenance of peace by drawing from the ideas of three important writers of this period: Edward Hallett Carr, Norman Angell and Alfred Zimmern.

  2. American History.

    the West there was initially a good response, but after word spread that the War Dept. wasn't paying people on time and they were low on supplies, nobody wanted to join anymore. In New England, people saw it as "Mr.

  1. In what ways were the following reasons important factors in the growth of the ...

    By this time, thousands of people were participating in the mass demonstrations which were taking place all over the country.

  2. Vietnam peace movement

    were and couldn't find their target, they just bombed the whole area. It was very effective for either public opinion or as a weapon, since each bomb had a limited range; meaning huge gaps were left between each one. The public hated it, since it was seen as unnecessary and

  1. In what ways were the following reasons important in the growth of the peace ...

    They instead took notice of pictures of dead civilians, injured and deformed children, and video footage of NFL troops inside the American embassy.

  2. In what ways were the following reasons important in the growth of the peace ...

    turned to drugs like high-grade heroin to cope with the pressure. This habit often stayed with the soldiers for life, meaning that when they went to America, they took the drug culture with them. The fact that these soldiers had taken part in the deaths of 1,150,000 Vietnamese, plus the

  1. Apart from the Second World War, there was peace in Yugoslavia between 1919 and ...

    At the start of World War Two, Paul declared neutrality in a bid to keep Yugoslavia out of the war. However, when, in 1941 the Germans threatened to invade, the country agreed to join the Tripartite Pact with Germany, Italy, and Japan.

  2. In What Ways Were The Following Reasons Important In The Growth Of The Peace ...

    As the fighting intensified, more and more US Soldiers were getting killed, many of them in their teens, one week in May 1968 saw 562 US Soldiers dead.

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