Vietnam War

Madison Rush

Who, What, When, Where & Why?

Starting in 1950, The North Vietnamese civilians & the Viet Cong fought to reunify Vietnam's community. Viewing this conflict as a colonial war, fighting against forces from France and eventually The United States plus South Vietnam getting involved later.

Media Portrayed Persective #1

"Vietnam War (1960–1975) Causes Military and Diplomatic Course Domestic Course Postwar Impact Changing Interpretations Vietnam War; Causes Most American wars have obvious starting points or precipitating causes: the Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, the capture of Fort Sumter in 1861, the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, and the North Korean invasion of South Korea in June 1950, for example. But there was no fixed beginning for the U.S. war in Vietnam."

Media Portrayed Perspective #2

"Though beginning in the mid-1950s as a collection of various groups opposed to the government of President Diem, the Viet Cong became in 1960 the military arm of the National Liberation Front (NLF). In 1969 the NLF joined other groups in the areas of South Vietnam that were controlled by the Viet Cong to form the Provisional Revolutionary Government. The movement’s principal objectives were the overthrow of the South Vietnamese government and the reunification of Vietnam."

Media Bias

"The first aspect of researching media coverage of Vietnam War era campus protests is

understanding the events of the Vietnam War itself. Vietnam was the longest war in which the United States participated. The conflict ran from 1957 until 1975, but the United States did not become involved in terms of military force until 1964 and withdrew military forces in 1973.1 Prior to military involvement, the United States provided aid to the South Vietnamese government in the form of advisory personnel as well as financial aid and military supplies."

Criticism #1

"The movement against the involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War began in the U.S. with demonstrations in 1964 and grew in strength in later years. The U.S. became polarized between those who advocated continued involvement in Vietnam and those who wanted peace. Many in the peace movement were students, mothers, or anti-establishment hippies. Opposition grew with participation by the African-American civil rights, women's liberation, and Chicano movements, and sectors of organized labor."

Criticism #2

"The movement against U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War began small–among peace activists and leftist intellectuals on college campuses–but gained national prominence in 1965, after the United States began bombing North Vietnam in earnest. Anti-war marches and other protests, such as the ones organized by Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), attracted a widening base of support over the next three years, peaking in early 1968 after the successful Tet Offensive by North Vietnamese troops proved that war’s end was nowhere in sight."