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The Vietnam War - anti-war movement source based questions

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ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT:QUESTION FOUR Source two is an extract taken from a school textbook called "The Vietnam War." It gives three examples of groups who opposed the Vietnam War and explains who opposed the Vietnam War and explains why. It tells us that at the start of the war, opposition was only a small percentage. It shows one method of opposition, with the demonstration and states that this was "the largest anti-war movement in history." One could argue that this is a fairly reliable source because it is taken from a school textbook. However we do not know that this was in fact a US textbook and the date of publishing would have been influenced by events. If it was then Western bias may understate the full opposition during or after the Vietnam War. It is also full of assumptions, and tends to focus on the opposition at the beginning of the war. ...read more.

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The advantage of this source is that it is only statistics and there is arguably no bias evident. It is clear, concise and simple to understand. However this is only a summary of opinion polls and surveys and it is less accurate, for it would depend when the poll was asked and events around the time would have influenced people's opinions. It could then be easily manipulated. It does not tell us the full extent of opposition, or who opposed and does not answer how many took part in the opinion poll, or how many. There are no reasons why support declined given and there is no specific detail on groups who opposed the war. Source Seven is an extract taken from a book called "Tell-Tale Hearts" by Adam Garfinkle. This source gives us an alternative view of the student protests for example, it suggests that the students were not committed to their anti-war demonstrations and it was more about attention seeking and being fashionable. ...read more.

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It is a source from the time, proving that it did actually take place. It is unlikely that this was staged. It shows the true commitment of the students and that they were willing to stay put, even when National Guardsmen were there. This source contradicts Source seven which says, "the students protested for attention not out of principle." It also shows that violence happened during Vietnam between the National Guards because there are guns are present which adds to confrontation. However the picture was very poor quality and this limits its accuracy. Without its sub-heading, the photo would be less adequate. We do not know from the picture how many students were there, was it a small group or the whole university? It also does not tell us the involvement of the other campuses in America. This is a snapshot of one moment in time at a University. Perhaps a moving image with sound would help us find out the true extent of opposition. ...read more.

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