The Vietnam War had significant cultural, social and political impacts. Millions of life were lost, and thousands went missing during the 20-year conflict. Vietnam also became a communist nation as the result of the war.Know More
Technically, the Vietnam War was never a war, at least not for the United States. The United States Constitution mandates that only Congress can declare war. The 2/3 majority required for the declaration to pass was never achieved. Aside from a high number of deaths and a change in the governance of Vietnam, the conflict had a profound cultural and social effect on the United States.
First, it brought war into American living rooms. Television became widespread over the course of the Vietnam conflict, and it became the average American's first glimpse at the realities of war. A counter-culture developed in response to what was being shown on television. People, particularly young people, began to question the authority of the government and refused to accept the status quo passed on to them by their parents and grandparents. They organized to form protests that led to sweeping changes within the American culture.
After the war concluded, the United States was faced not only with the embarrassment of not having stopped the communist takeover of Vietnam, but in having engaged in overly cruel war practices.Learn more about Modern History
The United States got involved in the Vietnam conflict to keep communism from spreading throughout Southeast Asia. At first the United States only aided France with military aid and advisors, but after the French suffered a major defeat at Dien Bien Phu in the north-western hills, the French pulled out and the United States took over the burden of the war.Full Answer >
As of 2015, official estimates of American casualties during the Vietnam War between 1961 and 1975 include 58,209 dead and 303,644 wounded. Of these, 47,434 deaths are classified as hostile or combat-related and 10,786 unaccounted for or attributed to other causes. South Korea suffered 4,407 casualties, and Australia had 506.Full Answer >
The protests against the Vietnam War were a series of demonstrations against American involvement in the conflict between North and South Vietnam. Protests were initially peaceful and included sit-ins or teach-ins or marches, but they eventually erupted into violence.Full Answer >
The Vietnam War was fought because South Vietnam intended to reclaim North Vietnam. At the end of World War II, the originally French-colonized Vietnam was split into two, and the southern part was given back to France.Full Answer >