How did the Vietnam War impact social and political developments in the US?

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The Vietnam War was a tremendously important event in recent United States history.  The war affected the country’s society and its politics, with impacts that continue to be felt to some degree today.

Socially, the Vietnam War affected the US because it helped to create the Counterculture.  The Counterculture was a movement that rejected traditional American values.  It rejected values in areas such as patriotism, sexuality, and respect for authority.  The controversy over the Vietnam War helped motivate some people to join the Counterculture.  Additionally, the rise of the Counterculture helped to trigger a backlash against those who still believed in traditional values.  This split between traditionalists and others continues to be important today.

Politically, the Vietnam War helped to create a major divide between Republicans and Democrats.  While both parties were more or less on the same page while the war was going on, the aftermath of the war divided them.  After the war, the Democrats became much more wary of using US military power abroad.  The Republicans, by contrast, felt that Vietnam had been a good war and were much more willing to accept the idea of military intervention abroad.  This split can be seen to this day in, for example, Republican criticisms of President Obama’s policies towards ISIS.

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Explain how the Vietnam War affected the US from a social point of view? 

This is a great question. There are so many thing that could be stated. So, I will make two important points about the impact of Vietnam. 

First, the impact of the war was great from a social point of view. In fact, I would say that this was one of the watershed moments of modern American history, because the people of America, who at one point held the government in esteem (especially after World War II), now saw the self-interest of the American government. All of this could be seen in the countless protests. Even in the collective mind of Americans today, the Vietnam war connotes only negative images. This was a huge blow to the state and America has since then never completely recovered. 

Second, what made things worse was how America conducted the war. For example, they used chemicals, such as Agent Orange, which still have effects on the local population with birth defects and other horrible aliments. In addition, it should be noted that American soliders also were affected and the company that produced the chemical had to settle out of court with these soldiers, who were experiencing physical problems after the war. The heroine problem by the early 1970s was also became a huge problem and many people saw this as a direct outflow of the war. 

In a word, the government lost legitimacy in the eyes of many people. 

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