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VIETNAM IN AMERICA Legacy of Division

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VIETNAM IN AMERICA: A LEGACY OF DIVISION Domino Theory Air War/Ground War Rise of an Antiwar Movement J. William Fulbright, “Arrogance of Power,” 1966 My Lai Massacre 1968 Tet Offensive 1968 Eugene McCarthy Democratic National Convention 1968 Kent State University 1970 Extra Points Issues that war raised created a division in American society. Domino theory-countries sympathetic to USSR, fear of communism engulfing the world View of pilots was technology. Remote experience. Ground war plunged soldiers into culture, guerilla warfare-hard to tell who was the enemy. Ecocide-agent orange. systematic killing of environment. Napalm-designed to burn and counter individual people. Rise of the antiwar movement-divisions emerge. Troops came from draft and volunteer army. Draft brought in people who didn’t want to fight in war. Draft began to affect
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Unformatted text preview: middle class and college students-Produced a more articulate and persuasive anti war movement. War became personal for many families • Senator J. William Fulbright-Chair, Senate foreign relations committee-got the gulf of tokin resolution passed. Fulbright changed his mind and was a severe critic of war and wrote “arrogance of power” 1966. There was never a declaration of war by congress • Opposition to war became huge. LBJ hated. • Opposition to the opposition-• Protest moved to a more militant fashion-refusal to go to war. • My Lai Massacre—Us troops rounded up women and children and killed 500 villagers. • Tet Offensive January 1968—Vietcong conducted attack • 1968 LBJ withdrew from election of presidentcy...
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