How have minorities affected the US government?


Stephen Maxner

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Ph. D., born 1965; Director of the Vietnam Center, Texas Tech University, 15th and Detroit, Lubbock, TX 79409-1041, USA.
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In terms of long-term effects, the Vietnam War is a living part of American culture and will remain so for at least another generation.


For the United States of America, the Vietnam War was one of the most controversial events of the 20th century. [1] Arguably, only the 19th century American Civil War parallels the Vietnam War, as an event that generated more hostility and tension among the American people and distrust of the government. Like the Civil War, the war in Vietnam changed the way a significant percentage of American citizens think and see themselves and the way they see themselves and their place in the world. Because the Vietnam War dragged on for nearly a decade and became "America's longest war," it also became one from which America did not recover for a long time - an aspect of the American Vietnam War experience that still applies today.

Before I go into detail on the points that made the Vietnam War a difficult challenge for the United States and the American people, it is essential to recall some of the defining moments of the war, because they had immediate and profound ones Effects on opinion formation in the USA after the war. In addition, the context of the war at that time seems to have been forgotten, so that it might be worth remembering here and conveying to the readers that the Vietnam War did not arise out of a vacuum, but rather in a lively and complex context seen - one that we can all easily relate to today, given that the current war on terrorism has some notable similarities.

The background to the Vietnam War was the aftermath of World War II and the rise of a more militant form of international communism. At the time, communism represented the greatest threat to our political, economic and cultural worldview and our outlook on life for many in the USA and Europe. 1945 began with the expansion of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Iron Curtain in Europe; this defined the international framework within which the Vietnam War broke out.