The History Of The Vietnam War

analytical Essay
1144 words
1144 words

War is a huge event in any country’s history. The United States has been experiencing this since the first major war with the American Revolutionary. The United States has been known to help out our allies when they are fighting, and intervened when countries have been at war to try and end it. The Vietnam War started in December of 1954 and ended on April 30th of 1975. The Vietnam War was a long and costly battle over communism between North and South Vietnam. The Vietnam War was a failed attempt for the United States to bring peace to South and North Vietnam because it affected our country’s history, the way politics can influence a war, an economy downfall, and how affected protest and media can be used.
The United States never officially declared war against Vietnam, but they entered in the late 1955 when Eisenhower decided to send aid. In March of 1965, the very first U.S. combat team arrived in Vietnam. By 1969 there were about 540,000 troops in South Vietnam. That’s when Nixon decided to start withdrawing troops. The war was very unpopular with the U.S. citizens. Near the end of 1973, almost all of the United States military forces had left South Vietnam. According to reported that more than 3 million people, including 58,000 Americans, were killed in the conflict (2009). According to a survey by the Veterans Administration, some 500,000 of the 3 million troops who served in Vietnam suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, and rates of divorce, suicide, alcoholism, and drug addiction were markedly higher among veterans (, 2009). The war between North and South Vietnam continued until April 30th, 1975 when the DRV forced the capture of Saigon, and is now renamed Ho Chi Minh City. In 1982, the Vi...

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...e behind the song is that all we need is love, and The Beatles were urging people to understand that peace was the best option. The Beatles like many other artists who wrote antiwar songs know that writing a song is a non-violent way of protesting, and still gets the message across that the war needs to end. Music is a universal language, and it is one of the most effective ways to spread messages.
The Vietnam War is one of the most controversial wars that the United States has been a part of. But the war taught the United States a lot of what to do and what not to do. War affects many different areas of a country like Vietnam affected our history, political standpoints, economic, media coverage, and the way we can protest. The Vietnam War should be used to teach us from our mistakes, and learn what not to do when dealing with foreign policies with other countries.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the united states has been experiencing war since the first major war with the american revolutionary. the vietnam war was a failed attempt to bring peace to south and north vietnam.
  • Explains that the war between north and south vietnam continued until april 30, 1975 when the drv forced the capture of saigon, now renamed ho chi minh city.
  • Analyzes how the vietnam war was a hot topic in the united states and around the world.
  • Explains that the vietnam war caused a few issues for the u.s. economy, such as the dollar value weakened, interest rates rose, and inflation.
  • Explains that the vietnam war was the first war where the media had competed freedom of the press. the news of tet offensive shocked the u.s. public.
  • Explains that the antiwar protests were huge during the vietnam war. the largest protest in american history took place in washington, dc on november 15, 1969.
  • Explains that the media was anti-war during the vietnam war, and that john lennon's song "all you need is love" was a non-violent protest song.
  • Opines that the vietnam war taught the united states a lot of what to do and what not. it affected our history, political standpoints, economic, media coverage, and the way we can protest.
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