The Vietnam War And The United States Essay

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The Vietnam War’s protests are some of the most well-known in United States history. This is because of the near-omnipresence in public opinion against the war, with support coming from women’s peace groups, clergy, black civil rights groups, youth organizations, and many others. However, the interesting question is why was so much of the public vocally against this war? In other words, what made the war in Vietnam worse than other wars the United States engaged in? This research paper seeks to answer and explain this question, because it continues to influence how we as United States citizens view our government and political divides today. The dissonance between one’s duty to one’s country and the realization that the United State’s involvement could be viewed as detrimental led many to reexamine both the war and the United States government, discovering the destruction in Vietnam. This paper proposes that the purposeless violence in the Vietnam War, and the United States government’s response to it inspired the public to work across social divides to achieve peace. One iconic example of the bloodshed in Vietnam is the My Lai massacre, which involved the deaths of at least 500 Vietnamese civilians in a hamlet referred to as My Lai-4 on United States Army maps (Appy 343). The violence was so appalling that other U.S. troops like helicopter door-gunner, Larry Colburn, who worked as an aerial scout felt they had to land the helicopter between the soldiers and a group of…

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