Teach-ins on why the USA should leave Vietnam, Railway Blocks with human barricades, Campus Demonstrations, Huge Public Demonstrations, Burning Draft Papers and even to the drastic case of burning themselves to death. Not all Americans supported the peace protest movement, if they lived with the enemy, they were the enemy and deserved what they got. Did My Lai harden the support for the War effort? I don't think so, but some people argue that it did. The thing that worried people is they didn't know how long that this sort of thing had been going on, without them knowing.
Because of this, the American public thought this was happening all the time and went against the war. The impact of all of the media coverage showing the bad part of the war was devastating, and people changed their minds about the war. The draft laws caused a lot of problems as most of the people did not want to be forced into the war. The draft was the calling up of men to go and fight in Vietnam, it started at three thousand, but as time and the war went on it rose to eleven times that. Most called up were
This was a logical decision because most of the country felt vulnerable after the attack. Furthermore if our country did not fight back, other countries would take it into consideration that we are weak and they can take advantage of us. About 90% of polls conducted by various news stations before and the beginning of war stated the people overall supported it. (http://www.pollingreport.com/iraq.htm) People argue now that we have been at war for a while some people are changing their minds, but not as many as the media makes it seem out to be. All the media has done for the war is damage it.
Photography then came along. Many newly found photographers were looking for a profit and followed the Union armies into battle (Franklin 811). Since cameras at the time took a long time to snap a shot, photographers could not take picture of action or battle without them being too blurry. So, they took pictures of the dead. It was these gruesome pictures that were the first to be shown to the public.