Lyndon B. Johnson: Causes on the Vietnam War

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Lyndon B. Johnson: Causes on the Vietnam War

America has gone through high and lows as a country, but overall we overcome and grow and use our history to shape out future. When John F. Kennedy died, Lyndon B. Johnson took over as president and was at first liked and favored that he came back for a real term after the term he took over after JFK died. He then changed, and brought many Americans to fight in Vietnam and sacrifice their lives for a Vietnamese war, and was greatly looked down upon for this. Lyndon B. Johnson politically and socially with his Great Society and changed during his time as President of the United States of America. During the course of 1965, Lyndon Johnson set the stage for three years of legislation that completed the social transformation of the United States which begun thirty-three years earlier with Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. At the same time, he turned a North versus South and civil war in Vietnam into an American war that had gone on for seven years and ended in a failure for Americans. Some people argue that Johnson’s biggest mistake was not trying to win the war by making the war bigger. Many people also argued that the Great Society’s legislation produced mainly waste, as well as fraud and abuse. Others say that LBJ’s role in getting legislation passed was just reflecting his skill of Senate politics. Johnson escalated American involvement in the Vietnam War, from 16,000 American advisors or soldiers in 1963 to 550,000 combat troops in early 1968. As he changed the amount of combat troops, American casualties ascended greatly and the peace process started to go downward. The involvement stimulated a large angry antiwar movement based especially on university campuses in the U.S. and abroad. Summer riots broke out in most major cities after 1965, and crime rates soared, as his opponents raised demands for "law and order" policies. The Democratic Party split in multiple groups that would feud against each other, and after...
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