The Vietnam War Deeply Impacted Domestic Life

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The Vietnam War profoundly impacted domestic life in America. Even before Vietnam, the American sacrificed for the good of the country. In previous conflicts and wars the American people sacrificed for the good of the nation. The entire nation would work together to support the troops and make individual sacrifices for the common good. War bonds, voluntary rationing, increased work hours in factories were just a few of the sacrifices made during wartime. Eisenhower asserts that the relationship of the president and Congress change dramatically during war-time and immediately thereafter. There is a sense of agreement and cohesion between the two that exists only in perilous circumstances. America’s powerful stature created a situation in which the United States became the protector for those who sought freedom from oppression. In Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, he maintained that it was America’s duty to “keep the peace; foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among people and nations.” The United States assumed peacekeeping responsibility for the world. This massive undertaking had a variety of effects on both domestic and foreign affairs. The creation of a permanent armament industry was vital to ensure the continued protection of America. Past systems of converting factories in armament facilities were no longer practical. America’s must be ready to heed the call from any struggling nation. The establishment of a permanent armament facility and a vast increase in the number of men and women engaged in defense would be a costly but necessary endeavor. Military defense was necessary to promote and deter constant attacks, “Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant actio... ... middle of paper ... ... The Students for a Democratic Society regarded, “men as infinitely precious and possessed of unfulfilled capacities for reason, freedom, and love.” Activism against the Vietnam War let to the evolution of individual, spiritual, and sexual freedom contrasted starkly with the previous generational ideas about love, sex, and drugs. The sexual revolution in America caused changes in relationships between men and women, leading to an increases in premarital sex, the number of single parent households, and the growth of communal living. These changing ideals conflicted with traditional religious views. Recreational drug use became more commonplace, and quest for internal peace and self-awareness changed the spirituality of many Americans. Instead of attending traditional religious services, many people turned to spiritual advisors.

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