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How far do you agree the Tet Offensive was a turning point in the Vietnam War?

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Sydney Rolle How far do you agree the Tet Offensive was a turning point in the Vietnam War? A Major Turning point Word Count: 1680 A. Plan of the investigation: This investigation evaluates the degree to which the Tet offensive was a turning point in the Vietnam War. Also the extent to which the Tet offensive changed American public opinion on the Vietnam War, and the affect this had on the War. In this investigation I will explore how the Tet Offensive changed the direction of the war by changing the American public's confidence in America's ability to win the war. It will also investigate the change in tactics after the Tet offensive, and how the Tet offensive directly affected America's decisions in relation to the War. This investigation ranges from the events of 1968-1969. To help me analyze the investigation question: How far do you agree the Tet Offensive was a turning point in the Vietnam War? the sources Turning Points in the Vietnam War by Vivienne Sanders and Tet offensive: a turning point in the Vietnam war by Steve Forrest will be used. B. Summery of the Evidence: As the Vietcong guerrilla soldiers "violated the temporary truce they had pledged"(Forrest) and invaded South Vietnam in on the Lunar New Year celebrations of 1968 they took American soldiers by surprise. ...read more.

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It is also written by Viv Sanders who has written numerous books on the Vietnam War, and important events within the War, because Sanders is writing articles for a trusted history magazine this article also has more value. Another value is that the article is published in 2008 because is give Sanders the advantage of hindsight. The limitations of this article is that it does spend a lot time focusing on other turning points during the war, and is not completely focused on the effects of the Tet Offensive; the part on the Tet Offensive is only a section of the article. Sanders states that she has issues with "common assumptions" therefore she does not take into consideration these common assumptions, which may be true. The source Tet offensive: a turning point in the Vietnam War by Steve Forrest is an article written in with the intention of evaluating the impact of the Tet Offensive, and indicating clearly whether it was a true turning point in the Vietnam War or not. The value of the article is that it provides informative statistics, which help the reader, understand the true effect on the public's opinion of the War after the Tet offensive, which is a value of the source. It also presents the other side briefly without exploration and clearly states its position, that the Tet Offensive was a turning point within the Vietnam War, which is another value of the source. ...read more.

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"The Vietcong had hoped that their liberation of towns and cities would lead to an uprising against the Americans" (Forrest). Despite the fact that the Tet offensive make American civilians feel that they could no longer win the war, troop levels "remained at about 500,000 and the war would drag on for another five years" (Forrest) and more American soldiers died after Tet than before it. Public opinion however did not change for the course of the war, after Tet Americans began heavy protesting and Johnson's approval ratings plummeted and he chose not to run for re reelection. E. Conclusion In Conclusion it is clear that the Tet Offensive was a turning point within the Vietnam War. Despite the military victory for the South Vietnamese and American soldiers, the public opinion of the war, and wartime tactics was dramatically altered, and the war was then considered unwinnable. People no longer felt like the time, money, and soldiers invested in Vietnam could produce a viable result and began major protests. And without the support of the public the president could no longer win the Vietnam war, and maintain his approval ratings. Johnson did not run for reelection as his approval ratings dropped during and immediately after the Tet Offensive. The Offensive is seen as the beginning of the end of the Vietnam war, and a major turning point. F. List Of Sources Forrest, Steve. "Tet offensive: a turning point in the Vietnam war." N.p. n.d. Web. June 1st 2011. ...read more.

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