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Is there sufficient evidence in sources A to E to explain there was an anti war movement in the United States during the late 1960

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Is there sufficient evidence in sources A to E to explain there was an anti war movement in the United States during the late 1960's and 1970's? The Vietnam War had started in 1965 and it lasted till 1973. In the late 1960's and the early 1970's a very strong anti-war movement emerged in the USA, for example there were protest songs and students also protested, I will be combining the sources and my own knowledge to say why there was an anti-war movement. Source A is an extract from a book 'Four Hours in Mai Lai' it is published by Michael Bilton in 1992. This source explains some of the problems faced by the US Soldiers in Vietnam, this for example includes that some workers were most likely to die in the first month of tour of duty in Vietnam, furthermore many workers scored extremely low on their intelligence test. ...read more.

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This source is important because soldiers in Vietnam were fighting an ideological war, and many US civilians did not identify what they were fighting for. Another very powerful reason for the peace movement was the effect that military spending was having on American domestic spending. Fighting the Vietnam War was costing the government approximately $20 billion per year. President Johnson had been elected on a promise to create a "Great Society" but however this was demolished. Johnson promised a Great Society which meant feeding and finding shelter for the homeless, and also to provide more education and medical care, nevertheless the American people realized that Johnson was wasting all the money on fighting the war and not helping the American people. Source D illustrates this as there is a cartoon image which shows the "Great Society" being burnt to pay for the Vietnam War. But however Source D has its limitations because it was mainly the poorest parts of the American society and often Black Americans who suffered the most. ...read more.

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victims due to this the American people did not sustain the war as they assumed that they would not win; Vietnam War was the first media war, meaning the American people were watching this on T.V; making them feel as though they didn't support the war. Fighting for the Vietnam War meant that it was costing the government approximately $20 billion per year; all these reasons can be found in the sources. I feel that the most important reason was that the war was publicized on T.V, the reason why I think this is due to the fact that the people who had seen the war on T.V must have seen some unpleasant sights of people dying in pain, furthermore people usually dislike watching an innocent person getting hurt for no particular reason. I feel that this must have had a major effect on the American people as no one would want to suffer from the harsh conditions some of the innocent people suffered from. Mohima Akther History -Page 1- ...read more.

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