Social Effects Of The Vietnam War On The United States



This thesis paper is an analysis on the . The Vietnam War divided the American people down the middle. Never has there been as much controversy in the United States since the Civil War that happened a hundred years earlier.
Despite all the money and man power spent the Vietnam War it was not a victory. The American people paid $150 billion in taxes for the war effort. Also the United States sent three million soldiers to Vietnam, but lost nearly 60,000 of them. This was the longest war in United States history, and its first defeat.
The determination of the Vietnamese amazed the American leaders. Without military supplies such as helicopter gun ships and jet bombers the Vietnamese ...

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rule of Vietnam. Since America was fighting the Japanese as well they shared information with Vietnam to defeat Japan. After World War II had ended Vietnam, for a short time, became independent. However, President Trueman decided to support the French to regain Vietnam because of concern over the spread of communism. As a result the Vietnimh went back to prepare for another war against their oppressors. After their defeat at Dienbienphu in 1954 the French withdrew from Vietnam.
Instead of Ho Chi Minh taking over all of Vietnam after his victory, he accepted a temporary division of Vietnam with him being the leader of the north and anticommunist Ngo Dinh Diem (2) as the leader of the south. This arrangement was only supposed to last two years. An election was to be held to rejoin Vietnam under one government in 1956. If the election had taken place Ho Chi Minh would have won and Vietnam would have become a communist nation.
The United States worked to create a ...

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Johnson took over.
President Johnson ordered a bomb strike on North Vietnamese naval bases to raise his popularity in the polls for the up coming election. President Johnson was also allowed to send American forces into combat without getting a declaration of war against North Vietnam due to The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (3).
North Vietnam sent combat units down the Ho Chi Minh Trail (4) to South Vietnam in late 1964. Over the next few years the North Vietnamese Army or the NVA walked through the trail to fight in South Vietnam. President Johnson's foreign policy advisors called for an increase of American military in South Vietnam due to the unsteady government.
President ...

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Added: 11/5/2007 01:51:49 PM
Category: Social Issues
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