A secondary school revision resource for gcse history about modern world history, vietnam and the us' departure the war was opposed particularly by martin luther king and by america's black community (because wealthier white men could avoid the draft by going to university or to canada, and young black men. Vietnam has a long history of being ruled by foreign powers, and this led many vietnamese to see the united states' involvement in their country as neo- colonialism diem fell from favor with his american patrons, partly over disagreements in how to handle the war against the vc and partly because of his unpopular. The vietnam war the usa became involved in vietnam because it feared the spread of communism the usa were unable to defeat the vietcong and were of innocent civilians being killed, maimed and tortured were displayed on the tv and in newspapers - many americans were horrified and turned against the war. The vien minh became more belligerent, war against the french colonialists ensued and resulted in one of the most humiliating defeats in warfare, the french collapse at dien bien phu (as an aside i happened to once meet the only american at that battle, a man fighting for the french under the colors of the foreign.
The movement against us 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. Having offered compelling reasons to stay out of vietnam, taylor went on to declare that for us troops svn is not an excessively difficult or unpleasant place to moreover, it was highly doubtful that direct us military intervention, which was opposed not only by the truman administration but also by even the harshest. Many americans who opposed the war did so because they felt that it was not a war that was necessary for the security of the us they felt that what happened in vietnam could not truly impact the us other opponents of the war opposed it because they believed that the us was trying to oppress the vietnamese.
Thousands gather at united nations plaza in new york city on april 15, 1967, for a peaceful demonstration against america's involvement in the vietnam war share share on on february sixth, nineteen sixty-five, however, the viet cong attacked american camps at pleiku and qui nhon the johnson. The most consequential aspect of america's involvement in vietnam was the way it divided america's youth, whose trust was most important and whose role the united states government gave a few concrete reasons for getting involved in the vietnam war but had no plan for getting out in the event that they might be. Background on the vietnam war for many people, the vietnam war is a black mark on american history beginning in the mid-1950s, the united states became increasingly involved in southeast asia, leading to nearly two decades of american support, and ultimately conflict, in vietnam beginning with the american. Although not yet an antiwar organization, sds actively participated in the civil rights struggle and proved an important link between the two defining causes of the most americans pragmatically opposed escalating the us role in vietnam, believing the economic cost too high in november of 1969 a second march on.
Brief introductory background information and history of the vietnam war they said the united states had no right, or reason, to intervene jr (the 25-year war: america's military role in vietnam), colonel harry g summers, jr (on strategy: the vietnam war in context), norman b hannah (the key. Why did many americans oppose the vietnam war materials: • anti-war images powerpoint • anti-war timeline • anti-war documents a and b • anti-war economic reasons response 1: these are the reasons people opposed the war first there was discrimination against blacks in the united states where they did.
When the us began its military involvement in vietnam in 1964, not many americans opposed it the states had been in the cold war with the soviet union for almost 20 years and they were told by the government that if communism succeeded in south vietnam and indochina, it would would happen. When the war in vietnam began, many americans believed that defending south vietnam from communist aggression was in the national interest communism was threatening free governments across the globe any sign of non-intervention from the united states might encourage revolutions elsewhere as the war.  while the first school is strongly critical of america's intervention and views vietnam as a bad war, the second praises the us efforts in indochina and considers by conducting the war against communism, the united states paralyzed a peasant revolution against the rule of corrupt foreigners and vietnamese landlords.
By november 1963, when johnson took over as president, there were 16,000 military advisers (but many were by now involved in fighting, for example as helicopter this led to much brutality against the vietnamese, partly because the us soldiers were so afraid and angry when their friends were killed by the vietcong. The attacks began on january 31, 1968 during vietnam's most important holiday, the first day of the lunar new year it took weeks for the united states and south vietnam to retake all of the captured cities the “offensive” was a military success for north vietnam communist, it was a victory for them.
In october 1967 at least 35,000 demonstrators staged a mass protest outside the pentagon many more americans, not part of any peace movement, opposed the war because of the increasing american casualties and the lack of evidence that the united states was winning still other americans believed that johnson was. The united states' role in the vietnam war was an unnecessary step in the fight against communism it was a very unpopular war and to this day many americans still question why the united states intervened it was the the use of defoliants was protested as early as 1964 by the federation of american scientists. When the vietnam war started only a small percentage of the american population opposed the war objected to the involvement in vietnam fell into three broad categories: people with left-wing political opinions who wanted an nlf victory pacifists who opposed all wars one reason involved the expense of the war. Protests against the vietnam war did not start when america declared her open involvement in the war in 1964 america rallied to the if there was to be a political protest, it never became apparent in congress where the entire house voted to support johnson and only two senators voted against us involvement the first.