Changing views on Vietnam War

Changingviews on Vietnam War

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Title:HowtheAmericans changedtheir viewon theVietnam War

Researchquestion:Whatfactorsledto thewayAmericans alteredtheir perceptionof thewarin Vietnam?

Thesisstatement:WhenAmerica decidedto wagewaragainst Vietnam, mostAmericans werein supportforit.However,theeventsthat unfoldedof fallensoldiersduring thewarmademostof them havenegativefeelingsabout theinvasion.

Background: Thefamed Vietnam War wasa majoreffortto curtailthespreadof communismin thecountry.Politicaladvisors believedthattheinceptionof theideologyin Vietnam would influencetheotherneighboringregionsto embracetheformof governance anditwasnot acceptable.America in conjunctionwith thegovernmentof South Vietnam declaredattacksin 1955 against thenorthernregionandrolledtheordealwith a seriesof bombings.Researchinformation

Themedia wasone of themajorpillarsin thewarthat changedtheperceptionof Americans, andtheyquestionedthegovernment’sinvolvementin theattacks.Reportby Walter Cronkite wereI thescreensof TVs andfrontpagesof localdailies detailinghowenlistedyoungmenfaceddeatheverydayin a foreigncountry.However,themediareceivedcriticismthattheyfocusedsomuchon theeventsof thewarratherthan theunderlying rationale(Hallin, 1989).

Theinventionandwidespreaduseof televisioninfluencedthepeople’sstandon thewar.Thebiggestpartof thecoverage includedthedeathsandfinancialcostof theengagementto theAmerican economy.Theinitialresponsethepeoplehadin supportof thegovernmentcontinuedto fadewith suchrevelations(Alter, 1996).

The4th of May 1970 shootingshadsignificanteffectson America’s positionin thewar.Thefour studentskilledwerein a demonstrationagainst theVietnam War. Thenegativeeffectsof theordealhadcomecloserhome,anditinstigatedmillions of studentsto taketo thestreetsopposingthegovernment’sinvolvementin theCambodia War (Moore, 1999).

References

Alter,N. M. (1996). Vietnamprotest theatre: The television war on stage.Indiana University Press: Corydon.

Hallin,D. (1989). Theuncensored war: The media and Vietnam.University of California Press: Oakland.

Moore,K. (1999). Political protest and institutional change: Theanti-Vietnam War movement and American science. Howsocial movements matter,2(6), 97-118.