Essay on The Vietnam War, Civil Rights Movement

1728 Words Dec 7th, 2016 7 Pages
The Vietnam war, Civil Rights Movement, student protests and the counter culture had a big impact on America throughout the 1960s. The Vietnam war was first accepted by the American people, but gradually people, especially young people, began rejecting the war. The Civil Rights Movement was an ongoing battle for years, but 1960 brought bigger changes for blacks and was also instrumental in getting rights passed for women. College campuses across the country saw some of the biggest riots in American history. The baby boomers of the 60s were ready for a change and this caused what many have considered the counter culture of the 60s.
Policymakers during this time viewed Vietnam through the simplistic ideological prism of the Cold War. Presidents from Truman to Kennedy had deepened American involvement in Vietnam, but it was Lyndon Johnson who Americanized it. During his presidency, John F. Kennedy increased the number of US military advisers in Vietnam to more than 16,000 to shore up South Vietnam’s effort to defeat Communism. After his assassination, Lyndon Johnson became president and believed he could fight the cold war and communism abroad. As he warned, “Let no one doubt for a moment that we have the resources and we have the will to follow this course as long as it may take.” The United States was more involved in Vietnam than Johnson would admit to the public or Congress.
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