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Reflecting on The Vietnam War
Believed to be the most controversial war in history, the Vietnam war lasted from 1954 to 1973. The US got involved to help South Vietnam prevent communist forces, North Vietnam and the Vietcong, from taking over all of Vietnam. This war caused despising sides between Americans because while there were many protesting against it there were also many along side with the government. Thousands of American boys and men were drafted into the war; without any say they were forced to go into battle. Over 58,000 Americans died in Vietnam and tragically more than two million Vietnamese soldiers and innocent civilians were killed. Eventually it came to a point where American victory was no where in sight. This misleading by the government resulted in many Americans losing faith and trust in their government. After all was said and done, after all the lives that were lost and the ones who were left mentally and physically wounded, in 1975 North Vietnam succeeded in taking over all of Vietnam. This war brought strong Americans together with antiwar movements and radical protests while also tearing some apart with troubling revelations about the government. One can now see what is left from the Vietnam war through thousands of pictures with thousands of words flowing through them, and many poems reflecting the thoughts and beliefs of its witnesses who tell the dark clouded stories.
Rosenburg, Jennifer. "Vietnam War." About.com 20th Century History. About.com. Web. 17 Apr. 2012. <http://history1900s.about.com/od/vietnamwar/a/vietnamwar.htm>.
Nelson, Cary. "About the Vietnam War." Welcome to English « Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois. Modern American Poetry. Web. 17 Apr. 2012. <http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/vietnam/vietnamwar.htm>.
PBS. "Battlefield Vietnam." PBS. PBS. Web. 17 Apr. 2012. <http://www.pbs.org/battlefieldvietnam/>.
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