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The 38th Parallel

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The Korean War was a tragic event that started on July 25, 1950 and ended with a truce on July 27, 1953. America had feared the Soviet Union would bring communism to other countries especially in Asia. Korea had split after World War II. The Soviet Union had backed the government in the north and America backed the government in the south. They both agreed that the 38th parallel would split North from South Korea. However, o July 25, 1950, North Korean troops passed through the 38th parallel and captured Seoul. This would forever be known as the First Battle of Seoul. The United Nations responded by creating a resolution that labels the attack a “breach of the peace.” The United State decided to intervene in Korea just because they couldn’t…show more content…
China became involved in the fight and pushed the UN troops to where they started. The war was a back and forth battle. The UN troops counterattacked and pushed the Chinese troops to the 38th parallel, where the war originally started. The last 18 months of the war was spent unsettled. There were random attacks against each other. After about three years, a truce was created by Dwight D. Eisenhower. Even though this war happened across the world, we were majorly impacted by it. The Korean War cost America approximately fifty billion dollars, thirty-three thousand American lives, and one hundred thousand soldiers permanently wounded and thousands of people missing in action. The amount of American deaths can only be estimated still today. All those lives are irreplaceable. People came back as war heroes and remained that way. Also, America had another ally we knew we could count on: South Korea. America now was involved in South Korean politics. They aided the country in voting for their military and government until the 1980s. Americans believed it was their job to “Americanize” Koreans. American companies started to build factories in Korea and paid the workers lower wages. America was no longer viewed as soft on
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