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

"The war on colour television screens in American living rooms had made Americans far more anti-war than anything else. The full brutality of the combat will be there in close-up and in colour, and blood looks very red on the colour television screen."

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"The war on colour television screens in American living rooms had made Americans far more anti-war than anything else. The full brutality of the combat will be there in close-up and in colour, and blood looks very red on the colour television screen." This statement suggests that television was an important reason why the United States lost the war in Vietnam. Is there sufficient evidence in sources D to L to support this interpretation? Use the source and knowledge from your studies to explain the answer. Television was important during the Vietnam War. It was the first war to be broadcast in an uncensored way. In the late 60's, most Americas had colour televisions. Millions of Americas tuned in daily for the six o'clock news; with television becoming part of the war, it became known as the 'six o'clock war'. This was the way Americans viewed the war. Some of the sources provide sufficient evidence to suggest America lost the war due to TV. Source E is a photograph of the effects of napalm, published during the Vietnam War. Napalm was supposed to destroy the trees so the Americans could find the Vietcong, but instead it fell on innocent children. ...read more.

Middle

It has evidence to show that TV was deliberately brought in to promote an Anti-war feeling; the purpose was to spread this feeling. This was well reported on TV. This contributed to the peace movement and the end of the war. The purpose was to make the media take notice of the anti-war movement. The motive was for this to be reported on TV, so that the government would take notice. Because of the deaths, it became a big TV moment. Source L also provides evidence to that TV lost the war for the US. It is an interview with Don McCullen who was a British photographer, whose duty was to report the war, his pictures appeared on TV and the press. He initially took pictures that showed the Americans in a good light. His role changed while reporting, he took pictures showing Americans confused and the Vietnamese treated badly. He felt it was his duty to show what was happening in the war. His motive was to produce anti-war propaganda. This shows sufficient evidence because his pictures changed the opinion of what Americans saw happening. After seeing what was happening, they told the government what they though by protesting. ...read more.

Conclusion

In the poll it shows that Australians were initially in favour of the America continuing in the war, but later on they were in favour of them returning. The purpose is to show that the Australian's opinion of the war. This source is useless; the results of the poll would have never made it onto TV. The source is insufficient to show TV lost the war for the US. Americans are unlikely to care what the Australians thought. Television contributed greatly to the anti-war and anti-government feeling. Pictures coming from Vietnam showed initially good news, but later on news and TV became bombarded with anti-war propaganda. Once Nixon came into power in '69, he was forced to rethink America's position in the war. Due to the public's anti-war feeling and how badly the US was doing in the war, he pulled out in '73. Source E, F, J and L show how TV could contribute to an anti-war feeling, a factor for America loosing the war. The response of the public had America rethink what they were doing. Sources D, G, H and K would have never appear on US TV. Some of these sources affected troops in Vietnam, but were never reported by the press. Though these sources show evidence of the media worldwide being against the war. Stephen Hardy ...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. Coursework on discussing whether television was an important reason why the United States lost ...

    Source G is an American soldier talking about the My Lai Massacre. He writes about how most of the soldiers had never been away from home. It also says that the soldiers had to slaughter whole villages of men and women.

  2. I will be looking at how the U.S became increasingly involved Vietnam, the problems ...

    But they contain one similar theme, they do explain why there was an anti war movement in the USA in the late 1960's and early 1970's There were many reasons as to why there was an anti-war movement during the Vietnam War.

  1. This statement suggests that television was an important reason why the united states lost ...

    Three months after being elected president, Lyndon B. Johnson launched Operation Rolling Thunder. Unlike the single bombing raid in August 1964, this time the raids were to take place on a regular basis. The plan was to destroy the North Vietnam economy and to force her to stop helping the guerrilla fighters in the south.

  2. Is there sufficient evidence in sources A to F to explain why there was ...

    This is a very distressing picture, which received extensive media coverage. This picture changed many people's views on the war, mainly to anti-war, but what the image doesn't show us is that the US gave her medical treatment which she recovered from, and she is still alive today.

  1. While surfing the channels on TV you might hear a lot of news about ...

    Besides this Israeli - Palestinian conflict we mustn't forget about Americans as they are in alliance with Israel. This might be a reason as well for the difference between Americans and Palestinians, especially Iraq. Confronted by American plans for Iraq, people in the Middle East are facing more than just the prospect of war.

  2. You Will Never Be Forgotten

    These angry groups of veterans did whatever they could to ensure that Maya's memorial was not built. Not only did these small group veterans attack the design, they criticized Maya Lin herself. Various comments were made in reference to her gender and race.

  1. Many peoples have contributed to the development of the United States of America, a ...

    The Economic Development Administration moved into depressed areas, such as Appalachia. Billions were appropriated for urban redevelopment and public housing. At War in Vietnam The VIETNAM WAR, however, destroyed the Johnson presidency. The United States had been the protector of South Vietnam since 1954, when the Geneva Conference had divided Vietnam into a communist North and a pro-Western South.

  2. Is there sufficient evidence in Sources A to F to explain why there was ...

    state university where the protesting got so out of hand that a student was shot down so this would cause even more protesting. This showed how powerful the media was for anti-war protests to start. However it is not useful evidence to explain why there was anti-war movement because the photo lacks content.

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