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The Vietnam War - The Vietnam War In A Nutshell The Vietnam...

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The Vietnam War In A Nutshell The Vietnam War—commonly referred to as "America's longest war" —grew out of the American commitment to the containment of communism during the Cold War . For approximately fifteen years, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) fought against an American-supported Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). The war for the U.S. ended in 1973 with the withdrawal of American combat troops, and two years later, South Vietnamese forces surrendered to the North . With the unification of Vietnam under the Communist government of the North, the U.S. had officially failed to achieve its objectives. A nation accustomed to grand victories suffered its first major defeat; the "longest war" was a military, political, and social disaster, one that would haunt Americans for decades. Why Should I Care? What do you imagine when you think of "The Sixties"? Music festivals, "free love," and various recreational drugs, perhaps? Maybe sit-in demonstrations , marches , and picket signs with bold messages ? Definitely tie-dye . We tend to remember this notorious decade in terms of cultural changes at home: innovative music, new perspectives on life and love, glorious causes, and, of course, colorful—very colorful—fashion.
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