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Source based questions on the Vietnam war 1960

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Question 6 The author of source M believed that television played an important part in changing peoples attitudes to the Vietnam war. I agree with this viewpoint because the Vietnam War was known as the first television war even though wars like the second world war and the Korea war was shown on television their events were reported after the events occurred. The events in the other wars were reported after they happened because of the technology at the time and because of government censorship. For the Vietnam war they had improved technology such as satellite communication that meant events appeared on people's television screens almost as it happened. Television pictures supported detail of events like those expressed in source H when a soldier tells in a letter about how sick he is of the war. TV and newspapers published photographs like that in source J and also showed villagers escaping from napalm attacks made by U.S forces. ...read more.

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wonder why they done such a thing and it would have changed viewers opinions of the reasons for U.S involvement in Vietnam because people would have been wondering if they are there to help Vietnam stop the spread of communism or to kill for no reason. Safers film would have changed the way people expected the war to be reported because from then on people probably expected to see troops killing for nothing. Americans at home probably reacted badly to government slogans like "Victory is just around the corner" because they seen what was really happening and thought they wont have a victory if it keeps up like that because if they kill innocent Vietnamese the rest of the innocent Vietnamese people will go to the Vietcong. The Tet offensive was at the beginning of 1968 when the Vietcong attacked more than 100 towns in South Vietnam. Even though it ended in a military disaster for the Vietcong, the scale of destruction and casualties had a psychological effect on the U.S troops' will to fight. ...read more.

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their duty to force the government to reveal events like the My Lai Massacre that the U.S government would have rather kept a secret. I t wasn't just television that changed peoples opinions of the Vietnam war there was also things like protest movements, protest songs like in source K and anti-war songs by Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. Television reporters did not just report events. They commented on them too b talking and telling you all about them and what was happening. TV showed the horrors of war in graphic detail like the safer film that made a lot of opinions change. Many Americans were surprised, horrified and angry with what they saw and probably disgraced at their troops for doing those things like in source I when the soldier stripped the thirteen year old girl. Television also led to a lot of Americans questioning their country's involvement in the war. It was a combination of factors that led to the shift in the general publics attitude to the war. Stephen Moore 11F ...read more.

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