Impact of Vietnam War on American Culture

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The Vietnam War began in the year 1954, after the ascension to power of Ho Chi Minh, who was a communist leader in North Vietnam. The leader was spreading communism, and because the United States wanted to stop the spread, it sent military troops to aid South Vietnamese to stop this vice. The war saw about 3million people die with the inclusion of 58,000 American soldiers. About 150,000 people were wounded during the war. In 1975, South Vietnamese government surrendered the war after the communist forces forced them to surrender. Vietnam unified communism and became a Socialist Republic. Although decades have passed since the occurrence of the Vietnam war, the American culture, which was partly born as a result of this war, is celebrated today.
President Johnson faced a lot of hostility from the public and the military, for wanting to escalate the war. Subsequently, he decided that it was time to end the war, and in 1969, Richard Nixon became the new president of the United States. President Nixon planned on how to end the war as he had seen what it had done to the people of America. The plan to end the war would see the end of involvement of the United States. The plan that President Nixon outlined was referred to as the Vietnamization. This was the process of removing United States troops from Vietnam, and handing the fight back to the South Vietnamese.
The withdrawal of the United States troops began in 1969. To bring the era of hostility to an end faster, president Nixon decided to expand the war into other countries such as Cambodia and Laos. This decision led to increased protests, especially in colleges and universities in America. Peace talks began to end the brutality and the war in 1969, and by 1973, the United St...

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...of the head of state during times of combat, was formed. The negative effects include the effets PTSD, which was suffered by veterans. The death of people and soldiers during the war was also a negative effect. Every American since the end of the war got to understand their rights, as stipulated in the constitution.

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