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Why was there increasing opposition to the Vietnam war in the USA?

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Why was there increasing opposition to the Vietnam war in the USA? The following is an essay explaining the increasing opposition to the Vietnam War from the American public. The Vietnam War was a military conflict fought in Vietnam from 1959 to 1975. When the war started, in 1959 only a small percentage of the American population opposed the war. There were many reasons that opposition increased some of which are as follows. The economical cost and loss of life where some of the reasons. It cost the American government vast amounts of money to run the war. The following quote shows this "In economic terms, the bombing hurt the economy of the United States more than North Vietnam. By the beginning of 1968, it was estimated that $300 million of damage had been done to North Vietnam, however, in the process 700 U.S. ...read more.

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When the government introduced conscription, its was not welcomed into American society. People didn't want their husbands and sons going to war so some protested against the war to stop them having to go off to war. The government did not draft students in to the army, as this would have created a lot more outrage from the middle classes that were quite wealthy, but some of the students set up protests. The media was one of the largest influences in the way that people thought of the war. Before the media got involved, the war seemed distant and not that important to the American public, but opposition grew quite drastically when pictures of American marines, wounded and dead, were getting flashed before their eyes every night on their televisions. ...read more.

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The most dramatic opposition to the war was from the soldiers. Half a million soldiers deserted the army forces between 1960 and 1973. The soldiers in Vietnam were mostly drafted, so they didn't have a choice about whether or not they fought in the war or not. This displeased them and led some of them to start protesting and forming protest groups like the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (V.V.A.W.). They held demonstrations all over the country and planned and took part in protest marches. Some of the veterans were crippled in some way from the war. Even though some of these injuries were horrific, they used to their advantage by exploiting it to gain sympathy and support from the American public. There were pictures of men with no limbs, some without eyes etc given out in America and this really made an impact on a lot of American peoples lives and swayed some of them to protest against the war. ...read more.

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