The Vietnam War

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The Vietnam War would end up splitting the United States in half. The tension between anti-war groups and the people for the war were building more and more each day because this war was dragging on. Many people thought that the war was only going to take less than a year. However, what we didn’t know is that we were fighting a war that could not be acquired. The Vietnam War events from 1964 to 1975 created tensions in politics, economics, and social aspects of American life.
President Johnson believed in containment and the domino theory. Containment was to stop the spread of communism. Domino Theory was that if one country falls then more and more will start to fall as well, they were most worried about Southeast Asia. To stop the spread of communism President Johnson told Congress that North Vietnam attacked one of the American ships first. We would later find out that is was a lie to get get Congress to pass the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. This document states that “ Resolved by the Senate and House if Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Congress approves and supports the determination of the President, to take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression.(Document A)” This document then threw off the check and balance because now it was giving the president to much power. Once we went to war we thought it was going to be fast, at least thats what Johnson wanted America to believe. Bill Crawford saw what was going on and published a political cartoon. This showed that Johnson’s foreign policies were pulling the what Johnson wanted the Great Society to be down. After that was released in 1967 the tensions...

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...thousand miles away to guarantee liberties in South Asia which they had not found in Southwest Georgia and East Harlem.(Document C)”, said Martin. How could the government send minorities at high rates to a country to fight for other people rights when they had none? Many people saw that as a problem and the tension rose.
Tension was building up in America because of political, economical, and social problems and events during the Vietnam War. To most people now and then see that Vietnam was a war that was not winnable. Also that the draft was unfair and we should not have sent those young men to dying for a belief. Tension in these event were the direct result of the Anti-War movement and protests in America. We look back at the War and see all the mistakes from it and hopefully we have learned from those and we will never have to be in the same boat as they were.
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