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The Vietnam War Essay

  • Submitted by: joeyeye
  • on March 19, 2012
  • Category: History
  • Length: 785 words

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Assignment: The Vietnam War

                              His/135: The American Experience Since 1945

                                            Instructor: Jordan Billings

                                                      Joseph Ioppolo

            After World War II ended, and the cold war began, American’s were

focused on the spread of communism. The United States citizens shared a

feeling of unity with their western allies. As the cold war dragged, the threat of

communism to places such as, China, Eastern Europe, and Vietnam, seemed all

too real. John Foster Dulles, America’s Secretary of State during the 1950’s,

spread the fear of communism by implementing the Domino Theory, which stated

that once one country fell to communism the rest would be easy prey. Vietnam

was thought of as a possible beginning of this process.

            America’s involvement in the Vietnam began in August of 1964 with the

Tongking Incident, which was when American destroyers were attacked by North

Vietnamese gunboats. Shortly after, the first American ground troops landed on

Vietnamese soil, sent by President Johnson, America began its involvement in

the Vietnam War. It was not long after the country felt so united after World War

II. Unlike that conflict, American televisions placed the war from thousands of

miles away, into most living rooms. The harsh reality of war was witnessed on a

daily basis. The Vietnam conflict quickly brought into question American’s views

on democracy and politics. During World War II many of America’s young men

fled to America’s defense and proudly put their lives on the line for the good of

the country. With the growing conflict in Vietnam the young men feared of fighting

a war that was becoming extremely unpopular.

              The fear of being drafted into a war that they did not agree with loomed

on many young American’s minds. Thousands of...

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