The Vietnam Era Essay

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The Vietnam Era HUMN-303N: Introduction to Humanities Professor Stacey Donald DeVry University During the decades prior to the eighties the two most important issues the U.S. was facing were the war in Vietnam and civil rights. This era changed the way the public was able view the events, there was television and photography which allowed the world to see for the first time what war was about and journalism was not always unbiased. This era was an era of advancement, where many protested the war, there were the civil rights movement activists striving to gain equality for all regardless of color, sex, age, or race. As stated in Moss (2010), “World War II marked a rapid expansion of the power and…show more content…
Let’s also keep in mind that the Vietnam War was the first war to receive such extensive media coverage ever. The era of the Vietnam War was not only a time of war abroad but also in our own country, a war against poverty and inequality. People of color were fighting for their rights to be seen as equals in the labor force, education, and in the military. One of the famous leaders of the civil rights movement was Martin Luther King Jr. who was backed by President Lyndon B, Johnson. President LBJ was interested in creating welfare programs that would benefit those in poverty and give them hope, he was all about creating a “level playing field” to create opportunities that would benefit society as a whole. According to the Virginia Historical Society there was a piece written by P. B. Young, editor of the Norfolk Journal and Guide, a newspaper at the time, wrote a few touching words to Liberals, "Help us get some of the blessings of democracy here at home before you jump on the 'free other peoples' band wagon and tell us to go forth and die in a foreign land." To add to this President Roosevelt’s wife, Eleanor, said "The nation cannot expect the colored people to feel that the U.S. is worth defending if they continue to be treated as they are treated now." Despite of the discrimination that young black men faced in the military it was still a better option than being unemployed and living in poverty.
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