A lack of education in Vietnamese history and the general exaggerated sentiments of paranoia in regards to the spread of Communism led to a miscalculated decision that reverberated repercussions for decades. As a result, these authors accused the United States of having attempted to prevent the nationalist forces in Bien Phu, of engineering the divide between a “Communist” North and an “Anticommunist” South in Vietnam, and of invading to prevent the Nationa... ... middle of paper ... ...id W. The Debate over Vietnam. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1991. Print. Lind, Michael.
In essence he expresses the values and the life style the youth aspired to. The things that aroused outrage among parents in these movies were scenes containing smoking, drinking, motorc... ... middle of paper ... ...d not relate to it. Many of the issues such as racism, were attitudes so deeply ingrained in the older generation’s psyche that they couldn’t even begin to understand why they should wish for change. The older generation felt betrayed, the younger generation felt misunderstood and the media failed to act as a positive medium between the two. The social changes of the 1950’s were startling for older generations but in hindsight can be seen as inevitable.
American Counter Culture The Counter Culture Life in America has been molded by many factors including those of the hippie movement in the Sixties. With the development of new technology, a war against Communism, and an internal war against racial injustice, a change in America was sure to happen. As the children of the baby boom became young adults, they found far more discontent with the world around them. This lead to a subculture labeled as hippies, that as time went one merged into a mass society all its own. These people were upset about a war in Vietnam, skeptical of the present government and its associated authority, and searching for a place to free themselves from society’s current norms, bringing the style they are known for today.
Colleges across the United States fostered fervent opposition to Johnson's war, developing phrases such as "Hey! Hey! LBJ, how many kids did you kill today" (Graff, Henry), to show their moral opposition to the war and fighting in Vietnam. This fostering of hatred toward the war would cause Johnson to despise the liberal institutions that were a breeding more ground for 'doves' going against the war to espouse their ideas. Many anti-war protesters corresponded to the youth movement in the U.S., and Johnson categorized these protesters as unruly kids that were not informed eno... ... middle of paper ... ...yndon Johnson’s War: America’s Cold War Crusade in Vietnam 1945-1968 / Where the Domino Fell: America and Vietnam, 1945 to 1995.
Opinion started to change, at least among young people, as the war lingered and the death toll rose. Peace protesters emerged, and along with the peace movement came music. Unlike any other war in history, the artists of the Vietnam era used their music to influence political beliefs and to unite the protesters. During the Vietnam War, the music became integral to the peace movement. The peace movement arose from opposition from the young adults in the nation.