Essay The Vietnam War: Communist Containment and the Cold War

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Vietnam was in a state of turmoil during the mid 20th century; after gaining independence from imperialist France, the country was torn between nationalist political parties in the South and Communist ones in the North. Even though the United States had made efforts to support france during the revolution, it was inclined to back the nationalist South Vietnamize after the coup rather than the communist North. In doing so the United States made an unwise political commitment to Vietnam, which would lead to the longest and most unpopular war in the Nations history. Vietnam represents an important chapter in American history, due to its symbolic meaning of the times in an era where the slogan "make love not war" was prominent, its …show more content…
The Vietnam war was also the most televised war in U.S history, bluntly showing the atrocities of the kill zone; scenes such as the "My Lai Massacre" and news of "the incident on hill 192" (which later was recreated into a movie called "the casualties of war" in 1989); drove Americans to not only hate the war, but to also vent their abuse on soldiers returning from the jungle. African American views of the war were also of utter dislike, civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. expressed their feelings through speeches to the public; heroin of the black community, Muhammad Ali, was even quoted declaring " No Vietcong ever called me nigger". Protest marches of the time even began to turn violent in the U.S, in response to the attack on Cambodia students in Kent State University, Ohio began a riot which resulted in 4 people being killed by the national guard. The Cold War was a competition between capitalism and communism, the two nations competing with each other were the Soviet Union and the United States. When the " battle of Dien Bien Phu" was won by the Vietnamese, the United States up to this point had supported France during this Vietnamese revolutionary period; when France fell, the U.S had a choice between supporting the Nationalist party in South Vietnam or the Communist part in North Vietnam. Naturally due to the circumstances of the Cold War the U.S

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