Social Effects of the Vietnam War

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Running head: SOCIAL EFFECTS OF THE VIETNAM WAR

The Vietnam War's Effects on American Society
Halley E. Moore
Metro High School- St. Louis

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Abstract
The Vietnam War had a profound effect on American society.
It changed the way we viewed our government, the media, and our Constitutional rights. Because of this shift in perspective, the country was torn apart and yet still came together in new and different ways. The Vietnam War's contraversiality spurred a great many sources of protest, against our government's use of power, how far we could stretch the rights of free expression, and primarily against the violence of the war itself. These changes in the behavior of society have
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Although several hundred colleges experienced teach-ins, most campuses were untouched by this circumstance. Nevertheless, the teach-ins had the desired impact when they contributed to President Johnson's decision to address at Johns Hopkins University on April 7, 1965 concerning the Vietnam issue (Gaullucci, 47). The address tried to respond to the teach-ins campus protest activity.
This speech was one of the first major examples of the antiwar movement getting to the government. By the mid-
1960s, even President Johnson's advisors were realizing that the tide of public opinion had begun to turn against Johnson on the Vietnam issue (Katsiaficas, 8). The Vietnam 6 The use and impact of teach-ins faded when the college students went home during the summer of 1965, but other types of protest that grew through 1971 soon replaced it (Gettleman, 56). The first major antiwar march on
Washington D.C. took place in April of 1965. It was organized by the Students for a Democratic Society, and attracted over twenty-five thousand people (McCormick, 37).
College students made up a majority of the protestors in almost any gathering. "However the antiwar movement