Facts About The Vietnam War

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The longest recorded and arguably one of the most controversial wars in American history is the Vietnam war. In 1959, the communist government of North Vietnam had devised a guerrilla campaign in democratic South Vietnam. The government of North Vietnam had the goal of uniting both countries under a communist reign. The United States quickly became an ally with South Vietnam because they feared the spread of communism. The aftermath of the war resulted in sixty thousand American deaths and two million Vietnamese deaths. Today many people question the necessity and rationality of the war. It is still debated today if the American force in Vietnam was a blunder or a noble cause. As the war raged on there was a rise of two groups in…show more content…
"I Feel Like I'm Fixing to Die Rag", by Country Joe and the Fish expresses bitter feelings towards the draft. This song stirred up a variety of emotions among people towards the draft. It sent a powerful message conveying that sending inexperienced young adults to fight experienced guerrillas on their home ground was immoral and soldiers had a high risk of dying in battle. "I Feel Like I'm Fixing to Die Rag", conveyed the message to millions that politicians and US military were to blame for the Vietnam War. It also expressed the thoughts of civilians being trapped by the draft and being forced to go to war. Country Joe and the Fish's song gathered hundreds of thousands at the Woodstock Music Festival and their song was used as a method of uniting US citizens with the emotional lyrics of their song. It was a way of uniting a large amount people who were unhappy with the draft and ultimately the war. On April 30th, 1970 the current president Richard Nixon announced that the American forces would expand the Vietnam War into Cambodia. The expansion angered many Americans and a demonstration was held on May 1st on Kent State University and then later agreed to be held again on May 4th. Beside the Universities efforts to ban the gathering, two thousand students attended to protest the Vietnam war. The Ohio Army National Guard was called to the university to disperse the crowd. The crowd retaliated with throwing rocks and other
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