How Did Pop Culture Influence The Vietnam War

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The Vietnam conflict began in the mid-1950s. As it continued, the US feared the spread of communism in Southeast Asia. In pursuit of containment, the US decided to intervene by sending American Troops to Vietnam. Initially the population was okay with this decision. Only when atrocities became known, conscription was introduced and many US soldiers came home in “body bags” did the people start voicing their disapproval. As the war intensified, so did anti-war ideas. Factors such as pop culture and the Countercultural population of the 1960s influenced the formation and development of US peace movements and the resistance against the Vietnam War. Popular public figures like Martin Luther King and Muhammad Ali both spoke out against the war. King protested against the racially disproportionate troops and proved the inequality of American troops. Even though they only made up 10% of the troops, African Americans made up 20% of all combat-related deaths. So African Americans were…show more content…
Music became a new form of resistance. Folk musician, Bob Dylan recorded the song “The Times They Are a-Changin”. Lines like “There’s a battle outside / and it’s ragin’ / it’ll soon shake your windows / rattle your walls” made reference to the Vietnam war. Ex-Beatle member, John Lennon recorded the track “Give Peace a Chance”, although it did not make a direct reference to the Vietnam war, it echoed the line “Give Peace a Chance” that asked the the listener to consider peace in this time of conflict. The most influential music event of the 1960s was Woodstock Music Festival in 1969. The reasoning for the event was the spreading of peace amongst the people of America. Here, artists like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Edwin Starr performed their anti-war anthems. These songs and artists challenged the US government while supporting the liberal, countercultural population in its campaign for a war-free
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