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Is there sufficient evidence in sources A to F to explain why there was an anti-war movement in the United States during the late 1960s and early 1970s?

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MODEL B:ASSIGNMENT:VIETNAM Robert Nelson 11H Is there sufficient evidence in sources A to F to explain why there was an anti-war movement in the United States during the late 1960s and early 1970s? As the Vietnam war heavily covered by the media, the devastating images were broadcasted across the globe. People were able to watch the war from their armchair and many American people were disgraced by the images of children dying and innocent people being shot dead in villages. A perfect example of this, is the My Lai massacre which took place in 1968. The images appalled people all over the world, especially American people who felt ashamed of their country's soldiers. 'Middle America' began to realise the harsh consequences of the Vietnam War. I believe that the media coverage sparked the protesting across America, however there were individual groups who protested against the war, they all had different beliefs about the war and had different methods of protesting, but they all had one thing in common, they wanted to stop the war in Vietnam. Hippies, blacks, students and veterans were amongst these groups of protesters. I will use the sources, with the aid of my own knowledge in order to attempt to come up with an answer to why there was an anti-war movement in the United States during the late 1960s and early 1970s. ...read more.


Source B, is a photograph of napalm victims during the Vietnam War. This source shows how extensive the media coverage was on the Vietnam war. This photograph shows child victims of napalm. These images were shocking to American people, they did not expect that innocent children would be the victims of chemical warfare. 'middle American' was under the impression that the war was being won, stooping so low to harm children changed many minds. I know that hippies were strongly opposed to the use of chemical and biological weapons. Therefore I would say that this source does explain the protest against the Vietnam War in America. Source C, was written by Richard Hamer, an American journalist. In his article, he speaks of the difficulty of fighting in the jungle. This source tells me many problems that the U.S soldiers faced. "You walk down a road between rice paddies. Vietnamese are in every paddy." The soldiers were always outsmarted by the tactics of the Vietcong, they were very intelligent and had a great advantage due to their knowledge of the terrain. "Should you kill all of them or none of them". This was a major problem for U.S soldiers, if there was a suspect Vietcong amongst a group of people they would be in a difficult position as their aim was to kill any Vietcong in sight. ...read more.


The horrific images would have been captured on camera and shown on television. American people would see the harsh reality of the war. The colour television really brings the war to life, people can witness events as if they were five yards away from it, which meant that the American government could no longer lie about the duties that American soldiers carried out. This caused 'middle America' to lose trust in the government and they just wanted the war to be stopped. This source provides sufficient evidence to explain why there was an anti-war protest in America. The images were seen by all different kinds of people throughout America and the images caused huge protest amongst many groups and 'middle America' From evaluating the sources, and using my own knowledge, I am able to conclude that they do not give sufficient evidence to explain why there was an anti-war movement in the United States during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The sources do not give enough information, they do not show how particular groups react to events. For example none of the sources mention how hippies reacted to the use of chemical weapons, or how black people protested about being sent to Vietnam. The sources do give some evidence to explain why there was protesting, however, there is definitely not sufficient evidence to explain the anti-war movement during this period. ...read more.

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