The Vietnam War was the first war to be televised in the history of American wars. The coverage in the media was depicted differently than usual. This was due to the fact that the violent actions in Vietnam and America was happening unnoticed by the rest of the world, therefore television, which was becoming the most popular form of a source for news, was the only outlet to show the rest of the world what was occurring in these countries. Television was also used as a form of propaganda to influence the audience on the reporter’s point of view. This was done using visual elements, which allowed the audience the feel as they were part of the war and to sympathise with the citizens that were dying or were being brutally hurt.
Although it was a bloody war, disease was the number one cause of death due to all the unsanitary equipment being used. Not only did the cleanness of things factor in the deaths caused by disease, but so did the knowledge of the people back then. They were not familiar with bacterial transmission, so not much was done to keep things sanitary. Luckily, today we have way better technology, knowledge and medical equipment. If it wasn’t for the Civil War and all the people who put their lives on the line, the world wouldn’t be how it is
In regards to the line of action LBJ took in relation to foreign policies, there were many controversies amongst the masses. When LBJ first started his first term as the president of the United States, he took things slowly, and fought communism in Vietnam from afar .The Vietnam War led students create various movements to protest against being drafted in the war. Moreover, most of the American citizens were discontent with how tardy and sluggish the government changes were, and they were frustrated with the issues the Vietnam War brought. Due to the opposition’s strong persistence, LBJ decided to change his ploy. Negations with Hanoi took place in Paris, where it resulted in a partial halting of the bombings.
Named after the location of the battle, La Drang was also one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War, and foreshadowed what was in store for the rest of the war. In all about 4,500 men were killed, 1,000 American, and the other 4,500 were Viet Cong. Despite losing many men, Lt Col. Hal Moore led the American soldiers to victory. The movie “We Were Soldiers” is based off a book on true recollections of the events that took place in both the La Drang Valley, and back at Hal Moore’s neighborhood during the 34 day conflict. Told through the eyes of Hal Moore, his wife, and a brave reporter named Joseph Galloway, the movie “We Were Soldiers” although dramatised at points, is very accurate in
During a speech King gave in 1967 he spoke about racial and economic oppression and its negative effects on the American society, “It was sending their sons and their brothers and their husbands to fight and die in extraordinarily high proportions relative to the rest of the population.” (Doc. 4). This statement is particularly interesting considering that fourteen percent of America’s military forces consisted of African-Americans, but African-Americans only made up ten percent of the overall American
Also, to Joe it is a hypocrisy that “they” use the word “we” when they mention fighting. But in reality, the only ones who are fighting the war are the soldiers while “they” sit back and watch. In addition, would someone decide to go to war all because of a song? Well, the use of pro-war songs are popular advertisements. Songs, words and lyrics are everywhere even when soldiers are leaving, therefore, escaping war propaganda is unfeasible.
The judge didn’t want to question him about the burning of the barn. “For a moment, he could not even see, could not see that the Justice’s face was kindly nor discern that his voice was troubled when he spoke to the man named Harris” (226). The judge didn’t want Sarty to lie for his father but he knew that he would, that’s why he didn’t want to question him. Even worse he could become like his father and burn the barns of the people that said something he didn’t like. He always believed the
Two months later, the American public learned of the My Lai massacre when a journalist exposed the story. All the reports and photographs were published. The My Lai massacre increased anti-war awareness and increased questions about the type of men being employed into the army. The Army charged 25 officers, including Lieutenant Calley and Captain Medina, for the massacre and its cover-up. My Lai had a lasting impact on the war-weary American public.
The war in Vietnam to do this day has gone down as one of the influential and controversial wars in United States history. The war lasted from 1955 to 1975.The nation as a whole began to uproar over the war and the major consequences of the war. There were many reasons why so many Americans were against the war. Public opinion steadily turned against the war following 1967 and by 1970 only a third of Americans believed that the U.S. had not made a mistake by sending troops to fight in Vietnam (Wikipedia). Not to mention, many young people protested because they were the ones being drafted while others were against the war because the anti-war movement grew increasingly popular among the counterculture and drug culture in American society and
Throughout history, countries are inevitably pulled into conflicts that result in war. These conflicts usually occur because of interests in: economic gain, territorial gain, religion, and nationalism. America, like every country, needs a military to defend itself, especially when tensions arise in other parts of the world and when militia numbers start to decrease. This then allows the government to draft its population to serve in the military. People argue that young men and women’s bright lives are often cut short, and not allowed their Constitutional right to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”, but there are many benefits for the nation and the individual by serving one’s country.
How the Civil War Affected the USA The Civil War is considered to be the most horrific yet influential wars in American History. While the American Revolution revolved around establishing the nation, the Civil War was about deciding the fate of the blossoming nation. But determining the fate of the nation came at a huge cost; approximately 620,000 American citizens lives were tragically lost during the barbarous conflict, which is equivalent to ¼ civilians whom went into combat never returned home. Unfortunately, the gruesome death toll wasn’t the only negative result of the battle. The war resulted in a massive economic cost which came to a staggering $5.2 billion dollars.
After this, with their commander behind them, the soldiers mistook the command fire and fired unorderly into the crowd. There is also the argument that maybe Captain Preston called for the command fire from behind his men, but this is also thought to be false. In the documentary “Unsolved History: The Boston Massacre”, scientists ran a test to see if it was possible for the soldiers to hear this command from behind. This test proved that it would have been impossible for the soldiers to hear the command from Preston and it likely came from the crowd; furthermore after the firing when the colonists came back to retrieve the fallen Preston knocked up his men’s muskets, asking them not to
Ironically, Congress has only used its power of declaring war five times. Tragically, around 100,000 Americans died from the two undeclared wars in Vietnam and Korea (587). Even with the War Powers Resolution, the president still sends troops into combat situations. Congress is often reluctant to protest the president’s actions based on the fear that America would be viewed as powerless by foreign countries. The order to invade Iraq in 2003 by President George W. Bush was given even before Congress had a chance to authorize it, which showed a huge expansion of presidential power in handling foreign affairs (353).
The Vietnam War is very infamous and it has had many consequences on the U.S society and Asian Americans for years to come. One of the main effects from the war is the body count. Over 3 million Vietnamese citizens and 58,000 American troops had died in the bloodshed along with thousands more wounded. The use of Agent Orange not only destroyed Vietnam’s environment, but also caused health problems for the Vietnamese and the American troops using them, eventually leading to cancer. Society wise, the war had changed the way the public saw the U.S government.
The broadcasting of the war on television acted a lens to the homes in America. This only heightened the protest against the status quo, war, authority, and the government. During this time, there was the civil unrest between the races, equality, and privilege, but lastly, the young Americans and older generation were at polar ends of the spectrum. Mental Illness Inability to Serving Mr. Frenchy being raised in violence and his navigation towards war seems reasonable and very likely. During a time when people were drafted to fight, Mr. Frenchy volunteered.