United States' Involvement in South Vietnam

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United States' Involvement in South Vietnam It is apparent from source A that America was involved in Vietnam to maintain capitalism and to suppress communism. The writer of the source, John F Kennedy, had a high position in the US government and he makes the point that the Americans did not like communism and wanted to stop it spreading. "If the red tide of communism overflowed into Vietnam, then Burma, Thailand…and Cambodia would be threatened." This shows the Americans definitely knew that if they did not step in and support the Vietnamese, the Domino theory would occur. This theory stated that if one country fell to communism, so would the surrounding countries, like dominoes set up in a…show more content…
It does not give percentages of people for whom Vietnam was concern and it also does not state why it was a concern. It could have been because it was costing the American public too much money in taxes, or was it because of the amount of young American men getting injured? Maybe it was a sentimental concern for their sons and husbands and fathers? Or was it because they were genuinely concerned about the spread of communism? It appears, therefore, that both sources are useful, but have limitations. Study sources E, F, G and H "use the evidence of these sources and your own knowledge to explain why public opinion changed between 1967 and 1970" Public opinion changed dramatically between 1967 and 1970 largely due to the media and television coverage of the events in Vietnam. Source G is from an article published in Time Magazine. "Time" is widely read by American citizens and is very pro-America. However, this article gave the truth about what was really happening in Vietnam. The writer was a first hand witness to the brutal and needless killing of innocent people and he does not cover up for the American soldiers. This would have had an impact on what "civvie America" would have thought because it would make them angry to see their husband, sons, fathers, brothers, uncles, behaving in that way when
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