In Jimi Hendrix’s song Machine Gun, he talks about death of the soldiers fighting in Vietnam. I used that idea and I have decided that my research paper is going to discuss how American casualties as well other causes that may have had an influence on Vietnam War approval. Just by looking at the chart one can see that overall the percentage of people thinking that sending the troops to Vietnam was a mistake. In 1968 the largest amount of casualties were recorded that the Americans have seen since the war had started. It turns out that 1968 was the bloodiest year of the Vietnam War. There were 16, 894 men that died fighting against communism. At the end of 1968 54% of the American people said it was a mistake sending troops into Vietnam. I think that casualties had a lot to do with the approval of war. Another example would be the beginning of 1967 only 32% of people disapproved the war and by the end of the year that number increased over 10%. This may have to do with the fact that in between 1966-1967 the amount of casualties almost doubled. In 1966 there were 6,350 casualties and in 1967 there were 11,363 casualties.
Another topic that I may discuss in my paper, that I have not yet researched, is that it is very possible that music influenced people in their decision to oppose the Vietnam War. For example, in 1970, Jimi Hendrix as well as many other famous musicians, played at Madison Square Garden at an anti-war concert. During the 1970s people saying that the war was a mistake stays above 50%. During this time only 6,173 men die as well. I do not know for sure, but if it wasn’t the casualties that were convincing the people during the 1970s, I think it was the music. Music is a very powerful tool, and it is possible that people are listening to the music and coming together to oppose the war.