What impact did the Vietnam War have on the American people?

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The Vietnam War had a tremendous impact on the American people. One impact was that many young Americans were drafted and had to go and fight in the conflict in Vietnam. Many of these soldiers either were killed, injured, or experienced lifelong trauma as a result of being in the...

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The Vietnam War had a tremendous impact on the American people. One impact was that many young Americans were drafted and had to go and fight in the conflict in Vietnam. Many of these soldiers either were killed, injured, or experienced lifelong trauma as a result of being in the conflict. Eventually, there were massive protests throughout the country regarding American participation in the Vietnam conflict. Some of these protests turned deadly, such as the one at Kent State University.

Many Americans began to distrust the government as a result of its actions during the conflict. Since this was the first conflict covered by television news programs, Americans could see with their own eyes what was happening in Vietnam. The images that were shown and the stories that were told did not match what the people were hearing from the government. For example, the government kept saying how the conflict was going well and was nearing an end. However, the North Vietnamese launched the Tet Offensive in 1968. The discrepancy between what the government was saying and what people were seeing and hearing led to the development of a credibility gap. It could be argued that this credibility gap still exists today.

The conflict in Vietnam was very costly for the United States in economic terms. The United States spent about $168 billion on the conflict. The United States also spent a lot of money on President Johnson’s War on Poverty programs. This led to increased inflation in the United States.  

Americans were significantly impacted by the conflict in Vietnam.

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