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Vietnam War Effects

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The vietnam war was one of the most significant wars in the history of the United States. It was the longest war fought in American history. It lasted from 1955 to 1973. The US had a stated goal of preventing the takeover of the "democratic" South by the "communist" North. It affected many lives. Thousands of people died or were injured from traumatic war. Vietnam war lasted almost two decades. It cost US financially and by the number of lives lost due to the war. One reason the U.S. got involved in the Vietnam War was that it was a conflict between communism and a freer system. The communist system cannot produce as much wealth as it consumes because its producers are forced to react to political motives instead of economic motives.The…show more content…
As a result, the American press played a significant, unforeseen role in the war, especially in the arena of public opinion.The most immediate effect of the Vietnam War was the staggering death toll. The war killed an estimated 2 million Vietnamese civilians, 1.1 million North Vietnamese troops, 200,000 South Vietnamese troops, and 58,000 U.S. troops. Those wounded in combat numbered tens of thousands more.The Vietnam War damaged the U.S. economy severely. The U.S. had poured some $168 billion into the war, but the real cost of the conflict was its impact on the economy. During the Vietnam War, the notion that 18-year-old men could be drafted and forced to risk their lives in the war without the privileges of voting in state and local elections or the ability to consume alcohol legally put pressure on legislators to lower the voting age nationally. Congress eventually passed the 26th Amendment in March 1971 and President Nixon ratified it on July 1, 1971. All in all, the Vietnam War stopped the post-World War II era of aggressive and unquestioning U.S. foreign intervention. Vietnam also continues to loom large in the minds of American leaders decades after the end of the conflict. It is likely that the Vietnam Syndrome will continue to impact American foreign policy for years to
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