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American reactions to the vietnam war

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American reactions to the war There were many different reactions to the Vietnam War among the American population. The three representations all give an insight and explore people's different views about the Vietnam War. In this essay I will analyse the content, accuracy and objectivity of the representations, before I make a final judgement about which one is the best regarding the reactions of Americans to the Vietnam War. Representation 1 gives a clear insight as to how a group, 'The Committee to Help Unsell the War', consisting of professional advertisers and prestigious businessmen, applied their skills and expertise in creating a poster to try and dissuade people against supporting the war. This representation has some broad coverage; this is mainly because the message expressed through the poster, that too many American soldiers are dying in Vietnam, reflects a widespread concern among a wide section of US society. Also this group is definitely not a minority of the American population, not only does it consist of ad executives, but many other powerful and influential figures were involved in attempt to combat Pentagon 'spin doctors'. However the representations coverage is very limited, one example of this limited coverage is the poster only gives one reason against the war, also this one reason lacks context. The poster fails to explain why exactly they are against the war. Another factor that limits the coverage is that the poster is from one group; even though not a minority the reactions from this group do not represent a large majority of the American public. ...read more.

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It is full of context as it explains exactly why different groups of people were against the war. In addition it includes the reaction from America as a whole, through opinion polls. Even though it only briefly mentions public opinion and opinion polls so it only gives a small insight as to how the American population reacted to the war. It also includes information about many different events for example; the corruptness of the draft and how the civil right leaders and students reacted to it. However it lacks detail in certain areas for example, when mentioning the draft it only presents a vague idea as to how people reacted to it. This representation is sharply accurate, mainly due to the extensive amount of precise and accurate dates, information and context included. However some events lack detail, for example the exploration of the march in New York was given a very vague and casual date, 'the late 1960's' this is one of only a few instances where the author has failed to include sharply precise detail. Most events, apart from the draft and the march in New York, are explored in great detail with precise figures, facts and dates. It also provides precise detail about how different groups reacted to the war. However it could have used more figures, for example when it mentions public opinion it fails to state the figures to support what it represented. ...read more.

Conclusion

Overall this source gives a detailed insight as to how a group of construction workers reacted to the war, however this is only a small minority and their reaction doesn't represent the reaction of America. It fails to give a broad view as to how America as a whole reacted to the war. In addition the event is explored in great depth and is written in a professional and analytical style. But it lacks precise detail with no use of figures or dates, and contains a significant amount of emotive language, causing it to be quite inaccurate and unobjective. In conclusion all three representations explore in detail how certain different groups among US society reacted to the war. I have come to the conclusion that representation two is the best regarding the way in which people in America as a whole reacted to the war. It broadly covers in great detail the reaction of many different group among the American population including, pacifist, liberalist and students. The reaction of these groups combined with a survey of public opinion; represent the reaction of a large majority of America. Even though it doesn't go into as much detail as the other two sources, they only manage to focus on one group of people. This representation objectively and analytically explores in great detail how a number of different groups reacted, and it portrays the best, accurate, most vivid, broad image of how people in America reacted to the war. ...read more.

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