American Foreign Policy On The Vietnam War Essay

810 Words Nov 15th, 2016 4 Pages
Many events ranging from wars to elections have influenced American history as the American public knows today. Even though these events have been set in stone and are in-erasable from America’s past, they can be interpreted in a vast multitude of ways. There are also always two sides of a story, and one cannot fully develop an opinion on a specific topic without having knowledge that pertains to each side. With this in mind, it is only logical to apply a comparison between Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and Larry Schweikart’s a Patriot’s History of the United States. More specifically, the difference in American foreign policy on the Vietnam War.
The Vietnam War was a long and costly war between Northern Vietnam and their allies, the Viet Cong, against the Southern Vietnamese government. Ultimately, the North wanted a single communist regime modeled after the Soviet Union. The Southern Vietnamese government on the other hand, fought for the preservation of Vietnam as a unified country. As for the United States’ involvement in the war, the South benefited from the help they received. Unfortunately the cost and casualties of the war proved to be unbearable, and the U.S. combat troops were withdrawn by 1973. Southern Vietnam was soon lost to a full scale invasion from the North (Online Britannica).
Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States, gives his perspective on the War on Vietnam: “Vietnam it seems to me, has become a theater of…

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