2O February 2014
Influence of Vietnam War in the American Culture
“The antiwar movement of the 1960’s grew out of discontent with the government and the status quo, as well as an increasing feeling that war, especially the war in Vietnam, was unjust.”(“Anti-War”). The Vietnam War strongly impacted America, and shaped it into the country it is today. With this war, the counter culture emerged. These members displayed strong anti-war feelings for the first time in U.S. history with student movements, demonstrations, and sometimes parades. The culture of America forever changed with the civil rights movement, women’s rights, and the famous hippies making a stand in the society. The 1960’s paved the way for a new future in the country.
One part of the counter culture was the civil rights, which influenced the 1960’s dramatically. African Americans finally started gaining more of a voice in a divided society and opened the eyes of a new generation. During this time period, blacks were discriminated to anything, even water fountains. Society thought whites were and always would be superior because of “Jim Crow Laws”: many African Americans would soon challenge this. Before long, a famous man spoke of “having a dream” about racial equality. This man was Martin Luther King Jr. He “Continued protests, boycotts and marches which gradually convinced the American populace to seriously consider major changes to the way blacks were treated in America.”(1960's Civil Rights Movement). Sadly, Martin Luther King was assassinated in a hotel room, but his legend lived on, starting a racial revolution. Eventually, racial barriers were defeated in sports, music, and sometimes movies. The Vietnam War sparked a change in people’s hearts, making the civil rights movement an important factor in the American culture forever.
African Americans weren’t alone voicing their opinion. In fact, “the women’s suffrage movement joined forces...
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