Essay The Vietnam War And Its Effects On America

2147 Words Apr 4th, 2016 9 Pages
The Vietnam War and Its Effects on America From 1955 to 1975, a long, hideous war raged on throughout Asia. North Vietnam and their allies, the Viet Cong, faced off against South Vietnam and their U.S. allies over the communist control of North Vietnam (Tran & Fermoyle, 2012). The war ultimately ended with the U.S. withdrawing their forces and South Vietnam surrendering to the communist North. Aside from the loss of millions of lives, the war had costly effects on the face of America. At roughly twenty years long, the Vietnam War was the longest war the U.S. had ever fought. Within those twenty years, many changes occurred throughout America. The country 's defeat in the war became the first time the U.S. lost a war (World History Group, 2016). Also, for the first time in history, people were able to view the Vietnam war on television. Furthermore, the American people, usually united by patriotism during wartime, were divided by their opinions over U.S. involvement. It had been years since warfare had divided the country so intensely. The Vietnam War certainly had long-term affects in the United States of America. The quarrels in Vietnam had been festering before the U.S. ever got involved. Indochina, a region in Asia that consists Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, was under the control of France. The Vietminh, a national resistance union, sought to regain their independence from the French colonial rule. The French were being killed off and weren 't making much of an effort…

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