Social Effects of the Vietnam War

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The Vietnam 1

The Vietnam War's Effects on American Society
Halley E. Moore
Metro High School- St. Louis

The Vietnam 2
The Vietnam War had a profound effect on American society. It changed the way we viewed our government, the media, and our Constitutional rights. Because of this shift in
perspective, the country was torn apart and yet still came
together in new and different ways. The Vietnam War's
contraversiality spurred a great many sources of protest,
against our government's use of power, how far we could
stretch the rights of free expression, and primarily against the violence of the war itself. These changes in the
behavior of society have left a lasting mark on our
perception and the demand to be informed since that
period of social turmoil.

The Vietnam 3
The Vietnam War's Effects on American Society
The Vietnam War had a profound effect on American
society. It provided a contraversial issue that formed a
catalyst for a social structure just ready to be provoked. When the American public became aware of the situation at
hand, through the recently unchained media, it was only a
matter of time before there was some form of action or
reaction. The media played a key role in the empowerment of the sway of the people. With the addition of television
journelism, a whole new depth was added to how people
what they were being told, because there was an
added truth to seeing it. People rising and uniting in
protest, and journelists bucking the government-imposed
censorship began stretching the limits to how far we would
take our rights to free expression.
There were said to be three stages of the antiwar
movements. "The first phase (1964-1965) was idealistic.
The second phase (1966-1968) was more pragmatic, a...
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