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What made the Vietnam war different from others in US history?

The U. S. failed to recognize that the Vietnam was a civil war, and most of the wars in which we engaged--most notably WWI and WWII--were wars based on one country's domination over another....

Latest answer posted July 22, 2012 1:20 pm UTC

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What was the outcome of the Vietnam War? Why was the Vietnam War important?  

The outcome of the Vietnam War was humiliation for the United States. America had originally entered the war to prevent the Communist North Vietnamese and their guerrilla allies in the South from...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2019 8:14 am UTC

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What were the results of the Vietnam War?

There were several results of the Vietnam War. Some were military in nature while others were political in nature. When the Vietnam War ended, North Vietnam won the war. Vietnam was united as one...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2015 7:33 pm UTC

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What events caused voters to lose faith in the political system and the nation's leaders in the late 1960s and 1970s?

The assassination of John F. Kennedy in late 1963 and the conspiracy theories that almost immediately began to swirl around the official version of events (and which have never gone away) planted...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019 12:41 pm UTC

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What does the song "Give Peace A Chance" suggest about the Vietnam War Era?

In the stunning simplicity that John Lennon and Yoko Ono presented to complex social issues of the day, the song simply makes the statement that the escalation of the war in Vietnam is a result of...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2012 1:18 am UTC

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Why did the Vietnamese reject French rule? The Vietnam War

The Vietnamese were a civilized people with government of their own when the French were still running around in the woods dressed in skins. They didn't need to be ruled by the French or anyone...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2010 10:15 pm UTC

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Viet Minh Vs Viet Cong

The differences between the Viet Minh and the Viet Cong are both chronological and geographic. The Viet Minh, or, formally, the League for the Independence of Vietnam, was an overwhelmingly but not...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2017 2:55 am UTC

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To what extent was the Vietnam War a pointless, costly failure?

As the other answers have indicated, the Vietnam war was, to a very large extent, a pointless, costly failure. Starting with cost, the war, in inflation-adjusted dollars, carried a price tag of...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2020 3:47 am UTC

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What were the main social consequences that the Vietnam War had for Americans?

Vietnam was the end of America's innocence. We grew up, so to speak, when we fought our own war at home. Our society was at war with itself. We did not trust our leaders. We sneered at our...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2011 11:05 am UTC

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Why did some Americans oppose the Vietnam War?    

There were many divergent reasons for opposing the war in Vietnam ranging from religious pacifism, such as that of Quakers and the various Mennonite sects, to general opposition to nuclear weapons...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2011 9:26 am UTC

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What were American soldiers' feelings about the Vietnam War?

Vietnam was a terrible war. First of all, there was a draft. Most soldiers resented being sent to die in what they did not feel was their war. When they returned, they were ostracized by the...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2011 8:41 am UTC

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How did the Tet Offensive affect American politics and the course of the war in Vietnam?

The Tet offensive, a large scale attack on South Vietnam by the North Vietnamese, began at the end of January 1968 and initially took the US and South Vietnam by surprise. Although US military...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2017 12:39 pm UTC

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How did President Johnson lead the United States deeper into the Vietnam quagmire?

President Lyndon B. Johnson led the United States during the first half of the Vietnam War (1965–1973). It was his decision to send US land and air forces into battle. US involvement in Vietnam...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2019 7:04 am UTC

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What effects did the US tactic of "search and destroy" have on the Vietnam War? 

The whole strategy of search and destroy had negative impacts on everyone from the Vietnamese people to the American soldiers. It also had a negative impact on America’s ability to win the war....

Latest answer posted October 7, 2012 2:11 pm UTC

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What Did American Soldiers Encounter When They First Arrived In Vietnam? What Did American Soldiers Experience On The...

Additional experiences the American soldier experienced upon their arrival in Vietnam: American troops were at first expected to fight a defensive war, even though most of their training was of an...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2010 4:48 am UTC

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How did the US involvement in the Vietnam War affect domestic programs?

President Lyndon Johnson took office with vastly sweeping domestic programs in mind. His Great Society programs were aimed at reducing poverty, addressing systemic racism, reforming education,...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2020 11:51 pm UTC

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What lessons might the Vietnam War teach us?

Don't fight protracted insurgencies in distant countries, when you understand little of the language or culture, and there is a nationalist tendency in the population. Don't spend massive...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2011 1:19 pm UTC

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How did the Vietnam War affect the outcome of the election of 1968? I need three supporting details.

As with the previous post, check a textbook or class reference for an answer to this. I would say that the Vietnam War impacted the election hopes of President Johnson in 1968, as he decided not...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2010 8:48 am UTC

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Explain why Australia became involved in the Vietnam War.

There were reasons why Australia became involved in the Vietnam War by supporting the government of South Vietnam. One reason was that the Australian government was afraid of the spread of...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2018 4:42 am UTC

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What were the main arguments for and against the Vietnam War? Hawk or Dove? If you had been alive during the Vietnam...

Had I been old enough to form an opinion at the time, I would've been very much against the Vietnam War. The main reason would've been the enormous bloodshed and cost involved in waging the...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2018 10:52 am UTC

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Compare and contrast the Vietnam War and the War on Terror.

The main point of similarity between the two is that both were "undeclared" conflicts conducted with Congressional approval. The American role in the war in Vietnam escalated slowly until 1964,...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2019 8:38 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast Nixon's, Kennedy's and Johnson's policies on Vietnam.

Kennedy was probably the biggest believer in America's involvement in Vietnam. He largely carried over the strategy from President Eisenhower, who involved the US in Vietnam through supplies and...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2017 1:53 pm UTC

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What was the impact of the Vietnam War on the civil rights movement?

Both the Vietnam War and racial inequality were in some sense manifestations of the same thing: entrenched attitudes and governmental policies that were unfair and oppressive. It is not so much...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2019 6:50 pm UTC

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What were the social and political consequences of the Vietnam War?  

The Vietnam War was a very unpopular foreign venture that dramatically changed the political and social landscape of the United States. Some basic political changes that resulted as a result of the...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016 3:32 pm UTC

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Which American president ordered the first American combat troops into Vietnam? As a result of the Watergate scandal,...

Actually, none of the multiple choices are correct. The first American president to send combat troops to Viet Nam was Harry S. Truman, in 1945. The Army personnel sent were a team from the Office...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2009 7:12 pm UTC

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How was there an increase in social and political tensions during the Vietnam War?  

The Vietnam War was one of many controversial events during a period of general social upheaval in the United States. The baby boom was a period of great prosperity. More students were attending...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2020 1:45 pm UTC

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Was the Tet Offensive a victory or defeat for the US?

The Tet Offensive was not much of a victory. There was basically no way for us to get a victory in that war. We were at a severe disadvantage, coming in to a country we did not know and trying to...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2011 12:25 pm UTC

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Vietnam War Never Declared? Why was there no official U.S. declaration of war during the Vietnam War?

Interesting isn't it how prophetic so much of what Orwell wrote has come to pass with how we write, re-write and then re-brand historical events to place "spin" on them and make us look good! One...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2010 2:32 pm UTC

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I need a description of where the country Vietnam is located in relation to the United States?

Vietnam is located on the east coast of the Mekong Peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is a relatively small country comprising a total area of 205,804 square miles compared to the United States'...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2018 3:45 pm UTC

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What was Martin Luther King's position on the Vietnam War? Please identify at least five of King's arguments. Based...

In 1967, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. began to speak out against the Vietnam War. During his speeches, including his address entitled "Beyond Vietnam" given at the Southern Christian Leadership...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2018 6:15 pm UTC

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How did the Vietnam War affect American society?

As the previous educators have mentioned, the Vietnam War sharply polarized Americans. There were especially sharp differences between young people—those in their teens and twenties—and their...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2017 8:14 pm UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2020 10:04 pm UTC

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What were some of the Australian soldiers experiences during the Vietnam War?

The Vietnam War was the longest conflict ever involving Australian military troops. Approximately 60,000 Australian soldiers served between 1962-1975; casualties numbered more than 3500, including...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2009 11:41 am UTC

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What does "Willy Peter" mean?

In the Vietnam War, the term “Willy Peter” was used to refer to white phosphorous. The term was used simply because the initials are the same as the initials of the substance. It was also...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2012 5:06 pm UTC

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What were the reasons for the U.S to get involved in the Vietnam war? What were the reasons for the U.S to get...

The United States desperately wanted to keep Asia from becoming a Communist stronghold. We saw Vietnam as yet another Domino to fall. We did not want to unite under a Communist banner. The...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2011 9:08 am UTC

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In what ways did President Nixon's war aims in the Vietnam War differ from President Johnson's?

The main way in which these two men's goals differed was that Johnson was trying to go "all in" to win the war in Vietnam while Nixon was trying to get out of the war. This did not necessarily...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2011 2:19 am UTC

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What is one success that the American Forces had in the Vietnam war? What is one success that the American Forces had...

There were plenty of successes in the Vietnam War. Our troops were well-trained, especially considering that they were draftees. The Army Rangers and Navy Seals were certainly not cannon fodder....

Latest answer posted August 22, 2011 9:54 am UTC

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Why was the ground war in Vietnam so difficult to fight? A) Civilians often joined the Vietcong and U.S. soldiers...

Although civilians joined the Vietcong which made identification of enemies difficult, this alone was only one factor that made the ground war difficult. The United States sent plenty of ground...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2011 11:02 pm UTC

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How was the draft controversial during the Vietnam War?

The Vietnam War draft was controversial because people who did not support the war and had no say in formulating war policy were nevertheless being forced to fight. Draftees could be under 21 (18...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2017 12:16 pm UTC

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Was the Vietnam war, from the Vietnamese perspective, basically an anti-colonial war?

Vietnamese perceptions regarding the American role in Southeast Asia can be categorized as a struggle against colonialism, although unity among the Vietnamese changed after the 1954 division of the...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2019 3:25 am UTC

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Why did Australia become involved in the Vietnam War?  

There are two main reasons why Australia got involved in the Vietnam War. The first had to do with preventing the spread of communism while the second had to do with Australia’s relationship with...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2016 1:08 am UTC

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The Americans fought in Vietnam—beginning with a handful of advisers sent in 1950 by President Harry Truman. But the...

From the perspective of most Vietnamese, this was a nationalist struggle to kick out foreign occupiers. Vietnamese are taught today to think of leaders who fought against Chinese occupation as...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2019 1:39 pm UTC

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Why was the Tet Offensive considered a "psychological" victory for the Viet Cong?

Whether and how much media reports influenced public perceptions of the American effort in Vietnam has been heavily debated. Journalists who covered the war do not agree on that issue. To the...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2018 11:14 pm UTC

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Why didn't the United States comply with the 1954 Geneva Peace Accord?

Diplomats from several countries met together at the 1954 Geneva Conference to discuss issues concerning the recently-lost Korean War and the rising conflict in Vietnam. Nothing was resolved about...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2019 7:04 pm UTC

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How did the Vietnam War change the United States?

The Vietnam War changed the United States in many ways. I will look at three of the most important ways here. First, it made the American people less eager to commit troops to combat overseas....

Latest answer posted December 4, 2011 2:44 pm UTC

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Was U.S. involvement in Vietnam justified?

Hindsight is twenty-twenty. It is unfair to judge history based on today's values. Even so, I don't think the Vietnam War was justified. I suppose we felt that Korea was successful, and we had...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2011 8:25 am UTC

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What were the main factors that caused the Vietnam War?

Since the other educator has already outlined the main causes for the Vietnam War, I will provide further details to support his arguments. In relation to the American side, it is true that the...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2017 12:48 pm UTC

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What was the effect of the Tet Offensive on American public opinion of the Vietnam War? What was the effect of the...

Public opinion was against the Vietnam war from almost the beginning. After the Tet Offensive, it seemed like we were not only fighting the wrong war, but we were also going to lose. This is one...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2011 10:51 am UTC

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Examine the impact of the Vietnam War on future US foreign policy.

I would say that one of the most profound impacts of the Vietnam War on future foreign policy was to show the fallibility of a great power. Prior to the Vietnam War, there was a belief that guided...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2012 1:38 pm UTC

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Why did the Hmong help the United States in the Vietnam War?

The Hmong, who lived mostly in the mountainous regions of Laos, were fiercely protective of their autonomy, especially their culture, which they perceived as being threatened by the spread of...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2013 3:50 pm UTC

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