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Vietnam war. Why did the USA fail to win the hearts and minds of the American soldiers and public?

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´╗┐Why did the USA fail to win the hearts and minds of the American soldiers and public? The USA failed to win the heart sand minds of most soldiers and people due to many reasons including the anti-war movement, the media and the treatment of soldiers. These were some of the reasons why people opposed the war. There were a lot of protests made which involved demonstrations, burning draft cards, leaving the USA and violence. Protests were made because the war wasn?t being connected to most Americans. People opposed the war because it didn?t connect with all Americans. Many young Americans were dying for something that seemed to have no point at all. The US presidents weren?t always truthful about the way the war was going or what they were doing to try and win it. ...read more.

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The anti-war movement showed the government that the USA failed to win the hearts and minds of the American public. Protesting was not the only way in which Americans reacted to war, some Americans thought that the war was right but was being handled poorly. Most Americans were mainly affected by the war through media unless they had friends or families fighting in the war. Vietnam was heavily reported. There were photographers and journalists everywhere. US civilians saw what was happening to the US soldiers in great detail. They saw the soldiers get killed and injured but also saw the soldiers killing and beating prisoners. The Vietnam war was called ?The first televised war? because it was the first war in which people saw what was happening in conflict and how the soldiers were affected by it. ...read more.

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It was hard for supporters of the war to dismiss veterans? opposition because of their involvement in to war. Another reason in which caused the USA to fail at winning the hearts and minds of the American Soldiers was the treatment in which they were given, especially black Americans. Black Americans often felt they were being sent to Vietnam while white Americans avoided the draft. The draft was unfair and many middle classed white Americans managed to avoid it; working-class and black Americans got drafted. In 1970 the system was changed to a fairer lottery ? but many still tried to avoid it. Overall, the USA failed to win the hearts and minds of the American soldiers and public because of their poor hospitality and bad use of media. The American public didn?t approve of what was going on in the war therefore protested against the government. ...read more.

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