Analyze the ways in which the Vietnam War heightened social tensions in the US. Focus your answer on the period from 1964 to 1975.

The Vietnam War heightened social tensions in the United States by creating divisions between those who opposed the war and those who supported the fight against communism no matter what. It also laid bare numerous social, economic, and racial inequities in American society.

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The Vietnam War heightened social tensions in the United States in that it highlighted many existing social inequities. Once the draft was initiated at the end of 1969, millions of young American men became eligible to be sent off to war. However, there were ways to get around the draft. If someone was a college student, employed in certain trades, or able to pay off a doctor for a medical deferment, they were able to avoid the draft. This drew a sharp divide between privileged Americans and the less advantaged. As a result, a disproportionate rate of minorities and poor Americans were drafted into the military. This led to a high level of class and racial resentment.

Furthermore, the war heightened the ideological divide in the United States. Those who opposed the war were often painted as communist sympathizers by those who supported it. Furthermore, the anti-war movement fueled the rise of the counterculture in the United States. This, in turn, led to a reactionary movement that felt...

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