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Cultural Impacts of the Vietnam War. American Sentiment. Was the Vietnam War popular in America? What impact did the news media have on American sentiment? What cultural impact did the Vietnam War have?. Domino Theory – Idea that if one country falls to Communism, the next will fall.

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American sentiment
American Sentiment

  • Was the Vietnam War popular in America?

  • What impact did the news media have on American sentiment?

  • What cultural impact did the Vietnam War have?

Vietnam war in the news
Vietnam War in the News Communism, the next will fall.

  • How would such images change sentiment?

  • What would your reaction be to the information on the news?

  • How would you feel about the draft and soldiers after seeing such images?

Kent state incident and anti war protests
Kent State Incident and Anti-War Protests

  • Nixon announces draft on April 30, 1970

  • Protests across country

  • Come to a head on May 4 when 28 National Guardsmen open fire on protesters throwing rocks at Kent State in Ohio. Four students were killed and nine injured.

  • Similar incident at Jackson State in Mississippi on May 14 with two dead and nine wounded.


Image from kent state
Image from Kent State

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Protest: not just for the youth

Protest music
Protest Music

  • Musicians began to record anti-war songs. Go from more general anti-war to more focused on Veitnam War

    Yes, how many times must a man look upBefore he can see the sky ?Yes, how many ears must one man haveBefore he can hear people cry ?Yes, how many deaths will it take till he knowsThat too many people have died ?The answer my friend is blowin' in the windThe answer is blowin' in the wind.

    - From “Blowin’ In the Wind” by Bob Dylan, 1962

Mother, mother's too many of you cryingBrother, brother, brotherThere's far too many of you dyingYou know we've got to find a wayTo bring some lovin' here today - YaFather, fatherWe don't need to escalateYou see, war is not the answerFor only love can conquer hateYou know we've got to find a wayTo bring some lovin' here todayPicket lines and picket signsDon't punish me with brutalityTalk to me, so you can seeOh, what's going onWhat's going onYa, what's going onAh, what's going on

-From “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye, 1971

A bullet from the back of a bush took Evers' blood.A finger fired the trigger to his name. A handle hid out in the dark, A hand set the spark, Two eyes took the aim, Behind a man's brain; But he can't be blamed -He's only a pawn in their game. From "A Pawn in Their Game" by Bob Dylan 

He's 5 foot 2 and he's 6 feet 4He fights with missiles and with spears He's all of 31 and he's only 17.He's been a soldier for a thousand yearsHe's a Catholic, a Hindu, an atheist, a JaneA Buddhist, and a Baptist and Jew.And he knows he shouldn't killAnd he knows he always will killYou'll for me my friend and me for youFrom "Universal Soldier" by Buffy Sainte-Marie

  • Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young write “Ohio” after Kent State Incident.

    Tin soldiers and Nixon's coming,We're finally on our own.This summer I hear the drumming,Four dead in Ohio.Gotta get down to itSoldiers are gunning us downShould have been done long ago.What if you knew herAnd found her dead on the groundHow can you run when you know?-From “Ohio” byCrosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, 1970

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