Vietnam War

Caleb Ross | English 12 | Unit 4 EA

Who, What, When Where and Why?

The war consisted of North Vietnam (Viet Cong), South Vietnam, United States, North Korea and China. The United States and South Korea were fighting China, North Korea and the Viet Cong to keep communism out of South Korea. The war took place mostly in the North and South Vietnam territories, from November 1, 1955 to April 30, 1975.

Anti-Vietnam War

The launch of the Tet Offensive by the Viet Cong in January 1968, and its great success against the U.S. and South Vietnamese troops, sent shock waves across the U.S. Starting the most intense period of anti-war protests of the war. These protests did not go unnoticed by the government.Until the first Pentagon Papers–which revealed previous confidential details about the war–caused even more Americans to question the accountability of the U.S. government; especially after they started the first ever draft.

Pro-Vietnam War

To a lot of people, supporting the war would show the strength of the U.S. and its patriotism. Most of these pro-war citizens were also anti-communism, and wanted to stop the spread of any and all communism. North Vietnam was communist, and they wanted to reunite Vietnam and be one communist country. So these Pro-War people were trying to rid the world of the nasty style of government of communism.

Bias 1

I believe that the government was trying to do the right thing. But they could have helped by sending supplies to the South Vietnam. Instead they decided to send troops to stop communism from spreading. If they wanted to be in the war, then they should have just waited to the inevitable attack of North Vietnam on a supply ship, to rally more homeland support.

Bias 2

I think that it was a mistake to pull our troops out of South Vietnam. We should have helped them rebuild there defenses and cities, to a point were they could defend themselves if the North invaded again.
Inside the VietNam war 01

IHT Retrospective - A Retrospective ofthe News 1966: Attack on Vietnam Policies


WASHINGTON — Sen. J.W. Fulbright, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sparked an open revolt on Capitol Hill against President Johnson’s Vietnam policies. In a four-hour inquisition of Secretary Dean Rusk, Sen. Fulbright joined other Democratic members of his committee in questioning the basic assumptions of U.S. policy in Southeast Asia during the last 15 years. Committee members said the interrogation was the sharpest grilling that Mr. Rusk had ever received in Congress during his entire five-year career as secretary of state. — New York Herald Tribune, European Edition, Jan. 29, 1966.

Worcks Cited

1966: Attack on Vietnam Policies. (n.d.). Retrieved May 05, 2016, from http://iht-retrospective.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/01/28/1966-attack-on-vietnam-policies/?rref=collection/timestopic/Vietnam War

University of Massachusetts Press. (n.d.). Retrieved May 05, 2016, from http://www.umass.edu/umpress/title/pro-war-movement

Report on the American Antiwar Movement. (n.d.). Retrieved May 05, 2016, from https://www.marxists.org/history/etol/document/swp-us/awar.htm