Reasons for the Rise of Anti-Vietnam War Movement in the U.S.A.

Topics: Lyndon B. Johnson, Vietnam War, Anti-war Pages: 2 (729 words) Published: February 11, 2015
 “Explain why an Anti-Vietnam War Movement developed in the USA" The Anti-Vietnam war movement was one of the largest and most famous anti-war movements that have existed. An anti-war movement is a social movement that is opposed to the continuation of an armed conflict, with or without just cause. The Vietnam War movement developed for several reasons, and with the aim of getting the US military out of Vietnam. The factor that had the most impact on the development of the Anti-Vietnam War movement was the media. By 1968, 90% of homes had access to a television, and those that didn’t had radios and newspapers. Before the Tet offensive in 1968, the war had been portrayed favourably by the media but after, the war was portrayed as unwinnable and unjust, leading to more people protesting against the war, as in 1965 25000 people had demonstrated but 3 years later the number had increased to 250000, mostly due to the media. The anti-war movement developed partially because of the poor representation and distorting perception on the war given by the media. Another factor that had a large impact was the draft, which was the process of forcing young men to go and fight in the war and provided the means for the increased American presence in Vietnam as ordered by Westmoreland. The draft was unpopular for many reasons, such as the fact that a disproportionate number of black people were drafted. It was also unpopular with college students because they became eligible to be drafted after their courses ended, causing many to protest against the war. As the number of people being drafted increased, the number of draft card burnings increased, reaching a total of almost 500000 by the end of the war, so the anti-war movement developed as the draft affected more and more people. The factor that had an average impact on the anti-war protests was the expense of the war, as it cost the USA $140 billion (or $950 billion in modern currency). Before the war escalated, President...
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