Effects of the Vietnam War Essay

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Abstract
While it takes societies to start wars, war changes societies. Whether it be the loss of life, wealth or influence, war determines what a society becomes. This paper will look at some of the effects on U.S. society following the war in Viet Nam.

The Effects of the Vietnam War on American Society
The Conflict in Southeast Asia had lasting effects on the United States society. It was sold to the American people as necessary to stop the spread of Communism and quickly become one of the longest and costliest wars in U.S. history.
Looking at the war strictly from the point-of-view of society, the after effects of the war were staggering. There was weakened public faith in the government and a
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The American sensibilities had changed as well. While soldiers were fighting and dying in Viet Nam, the United States had a few other conflicts within its own borders. Race riots and anti-war protests were shown side by side with battlefield reports on the nightly news. National Guard intervention and the shooting of students at Kent State and Jackson State universities did little to gain support for the government. According to Sen. Frank Church, Viet Nam "has already stretched the generation gap so wide that it threatens to pull the country apart." ("Vietnam War Quotations", para. 13)
Whether the outcome of the war was beneficial or detrimental depends entirely on your point of view. On one hand, the more liberal attitude of government towards foreign intervention, the redefining of the right to protest and the skepticism toward the government can be looked at as positive effects of an unpopular war. On the other hand, the image of the country in the eyes of the world, the loss of traditional values and the blow to the economy can be viewed as negative.
No matter what personal stance one has on the Viet Nam Conflict, there is one truth; The War in Southeast Asia definitely changed the United States as a world power, as a country and as a people.

References
Frey-Wouters, E., & Laufer, R. S. (1986). The Vietnam Generation's Views of the Combatants. In Legacy of a war: the American

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