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

Vietnam Sources Questions

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Question 1 Study sources 1 and 2. What do these sources tell us about the attitude to war in Vietnam? The two sources are very significant in revealing the attitudes to war, as in source 1 it reveals the coalition of early opposition to the war, this included from Pacifies and left-wingers anxious for a Vietcong victory and liberals who preferred a democratic strategy to safeguard Vietnam. When the war started only a small number of Americans population opposed the war (25,000 people took place in the anti-war demonstration but it was the largest of its type up to date). Source 2 is a graph which clearly shows the correlation in the decline of support for the war with the concomitant increase in the opposition to the war. The graph indicates a deterioration for those who supported the war from 50% to around 26% while the opposition increased dramatically from 25% up to 60%. Question 2 Study sources 3 and 4. Do you think it would be true to say that "all U.S politicians supported America's involvement in the Vietnam war". Back up your answer with evidence from the sources. ...read more.

Middle

The utility is helped by the fact that it is a visual snap shot of history. The photograph is a contemporary picture taken on the 4th May. In the photograph we see what appears to be a grenade or tear gas. In addition it seems that the two groups are at battle with each other. We are under the impression that the National Guards have drawn banonets and rifles. Source 8 is beneficial because of the immediacy of the evidence and we can empathize with visual evidence like this easily. It allows us to comprehend complex political concerns like the anti-war movement in an accessible form, conversely we must be cautious of accepting this evidence at face value as photos can be staged of even air brushed for propaganda reasons. Source 9 is a speech by Nixon on the 1st of May (three days before the Kent State confrontation). In this extract Nixon describes the campus students as "BUMS" and not worthy of respect, unlike those soldiers in Vietnam. It is possible that the National Guards were influenced preconditioned towards violence in opposition to the student by the speech. ...read more.

Conclusion

Conversely, Adam Garfinkle, who also opposed the war believed that the movement prolonged the war because the everyday American weren't willing to be associated with the undesirables who opposed the war. Accordingly to sources 16 and 17 media gave weight to the Anti-War Movement. Robin Day is convinced that "blood looks very red on colour television screens", implying that this added momentum to the opposition of war. On the other hand, knightly argues, based on the Newsweek survey that "64% of viewers replied that they were moved to support the soldiers and 24% to oppose war". Finally in source 18, Summers, a combat Colonel in Vietnam, placed responsibility for the loss of Vietnam firmly on the government's lack of resolve to "win the damn war or get the hell out" and he marginalizes contribution of protestors. Having reviewed all the arguments in the sources I believe that the Anti-War Movement had a significant impact on ending the war as it was a dramatic time in American History, and many people relied on their government to make the right choices. As the government wasn't doing so it was the responsibility of those who disagreed with the war to take a stand and put pressure on the government to withdraw from the war. ?? ?? ?? ?? Micheal McAughey History Course Work 12A ...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. Cross-referencing of Sources (3.3.2) Vietnam

    He wrote this message in order to expose how bad the Vietnamese were treated by the U.S troops. This is a primary source as the journalist wrote this while these horrific events were happening. Also the message has been told by the people who actually were there at the time.

  2. The Vietnam War - anti-war movement source based questions

    It is also only a secondary source and Garfinkle has not had the benefit of having been there. Source Eight is a picture taken from the killings at Kent State University.

  1. American History.

    Pennsylvania itself was actually founded by Quakers when in 1681 Charles II? gave the region to his friend William Penn, who then held it as a personal proprietorship. Penn used his colony as a haven for fellow Quakers [who were radical egalitarians and denied the need for clergy] but also

  2. How was opposition to the Vietnam War portrayed in Contemporary Literature, Film and popular ...

    All of the above sources show public support for the US government's involvement in Vietnam. Although it seems that this was not acknowledged as stated in source B and therefore anti-war protests grew in size. Q3. How reliable are sources F and G as evidence of the activities of the

  1. Vietnam Coursework Sources Questions

    This made the soldiers terrified to move around the jungle as a Viet Cong trap could be lurking anywhere. The Viet Cong had a series of underground tunnels they could escape into if they were ever pursued making it very difficult for the Americans to locate and kill any of them.

  2. The Role and Importance of the Media in Vietnam

    because of another press scandal read: The psychological impact of the raids [retaliatory measure after the Tonkin incident] on the Administration and the American public is also significant. They mark the crossing of an important threshold [i.e. escalation of the conflict and sending troops in] and it was accomplished with virtually no domestic criticism.

  1. Vietnam Sources Questions

    It is obvious that both pictures are posed for the camera and are intended for propaganda purposes as it would be too dangerous to photograph these events in real life. It is useful to show the Vietcong were fighting a 'complete' war; they used propaganda to recruit new troops, and

  2. How was opposition to the Vietnam War portrayed in contemporary literature, film and popular ...

    It literally took two weeks to write, record and release an antiwar song as opposed to the long duration it took to make a film or book. Many of the public's favourite artists such as Johnny Cash and County Joe and the Fish were in the centre of these new unheard of antiwar songs.

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