Vietnam War and American Culture Essay

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Vietnam Wars Impact on American Culture
Donna Whittle
DeVry University
Introduction to Humanities

I. Introduction and Thesis Statement In the 1960’s America went through many cultural changes. Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights activist, delivered his famous, “I have a dream” speech. African Americans were fighting for peace, freedom and equality. The United States was involved in the Vietnam War, committed to anti-communism. African Americans were deployed to Vietnam. The Vietnam War and Civil Rights Movement coincided. African Americans believed fighting for democracy abroad would help gain civil rights at home.

II. Events that Led to the Advancement January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy
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Great strides have been made for African Americans equal rights. Unfortunately, today discrimination still exists.
America changed forever. Foreign relations took years to recover. Vietnam War changed Americans foreign policies, social and political views. The world question American judgment, credibility and power. America learned a valuable lesson. Hopefully history will never repeat itself.

References
Armstrong, S. (2014) AP*U.S. History. New York: McGraw Hill Education.
This book discusses President John F. Kennedy’s belief in the domino theory. Kennedy believed if one country fell to communism others were to follow. The French were losing their battle to gain control of Vietnam. Kennedy sent troops to assist the French, in South Vietnam, to battle against North Vietnams communist. Kennedy was assassinated in Texas. Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in to office. The Vietnam War escalated. Johnson increased troops to Vietnam. Johnson was consumed to win the war against Vietnam. The events started protest and rebellion in America. Blacks fought for civil rights outlawing discrimination in public, employment and voting rights. The Black Panthers group emerged protecting blacks from police harassment. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out for civil rights through non-violence. King spoke out in public against the war in Vietnam. Freedom Riders, black and white civil rights activist, rode buses to banish segregation. Women also fought for

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