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In What Ways Were The Following Reasons Important In The Growth Of The Peace Movement during the Vietnam War In America?

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In What Ways Were The Following Reasons Important In The Growth Of The Peace Movement during the Vietnam War In America? Many people in America believed that the United States (US) had no right to get involved in Vietnam and that Vietnam should be able to choose for themselves if they wanted communism or not. The people of the US witnessed shocking images on news footage and pictures and photo's in magazines and newspapers. The US Army commanders said that the TV coverage was very one-sided, this may sound like just another excuse but they did have a point. TV coverage was very limited on the communist side as press reporters could not go with North Vietnamese Army (NVA)or Vietcong (VC) and report their war crimes and failures, it was much easier to follow the Americans. Autrocities taken out by N. Vietnamese soldiers were rarely shown as the N. Vietnamese authorities were carefully organized and monitored, therefore,as a result of this, the news-reels were very one-sided. ...read more.

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Many students across the US protested because many of the US fatalities were infact of young people, many of whom attended college in the US. These protests started off peacefully but as the number of fatalities grew the more and more angry people got and demonstrations turned violent. Many people around the world plus many leading scientists in the US and in other countries criticised the use of nepalm and other chemicals used by the US as they were believed to be having as huge effect on the environment. With the US constantly attacking Vietnam with chemical weapons, with various aims, more and more pictures and photo's were beginning to emerge and the full effect of the chemical weapons was still not known. For example: many innocent lives were lost in nepalm strikes and there is a very famous photo where a small child (Kim Phuc), with others, is running away from a burning village and she has been stripped of her clothes and has been burned on her body by nepalm, images like this would stay in people's minds forever and this led to more people joining the peace movement. ...read more.

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At this stage, the protests were getting larger as the US people were learning more and more about what was happening or what had happened in Vietnam In 1971, the most signifcant and sentimental protest of all took place. It was called the "Veteran's March" this protest was so significant as the protesters were actually ex-soldiers themselves and had fought in Vietnam. These people were heroes, many of them disabled. Many of them wore their old uniforms, medals, ribbons and honours that they had worked so hard for fighting in Vietnam. Many American's were deeply shocked by this but those who were for the peace movement were in favour as they knew that this time the US government would take the protests more seriously. Another famous demonstration was at Kent State University where 4 students wers shot dead and 10 wounded, all because they didn't approve of their own governments actions. The first steps for peace began as early as 1966 but were not as urgent as they were after the Tet Offensive in 1968. In 1969 President Nixon announced that 25,000 US troops would be withdrawn from Vietnam. ...read more.

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