The Vietnam War, Student Protests And The Counter Culture Of The 1960s

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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
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The Tet offensive was a turning point for the people’s view on the War in Vietnam. The attack by Viet Cong and North Vietnamese targeted 36 major cities and towns in South Vietnam. It caught the U.S. troops by surprise. It was named after the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, a holiday during which the North and South had earlier observed as an informal ceasefire. The Tet offensive was shown on television for all Americans to see. The Media played a very important role as to what was going on in Vietnam. The Vietnam War was played on national television and many Americans could see the brutality that was occurring there. People could see what war was all about and it really changed people’s idea of the war. One commentator who made one of the biggest impacts on Americas view on the war in Vietnam was Walter Cronkite. Walter Cronkite had become a patriarch in the field of broadcasting and it was his report from Vietnam that had made a clear difference in the minds of a lot of Americans. The Vietnam War had been broadcast on television more than any war before. When Walter Cronkite had visited Vietnam three weeks after the Tet Offensive; his opinion was that the war in Vietnam was unwinnable. President Johnson even said, “If I have lost Cronkite, I have lost middle America”. Cronkite could show Americans that what they were hearing about …show more content…
There were many who would go against laws to make changes for blacks, progress had started. Thurgood Marshall was instrumental in the movement by getting laws passed to get rid of discrimination in the work place and to end the segregation of schools. Rosa Parks with her decision to sit at the front of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama and the bus boycott got others to use some of the same tactics. There were “sit-ins” across the country to show that they were ready for change and wanted to be treated

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