It took only three years for the majority of America to oppose the Vietnam War. There are many ways that the American society’s opposition to the Vietnam War was fueled; president’s lies, the draft, brand new media outlet, music, and no true exit strategy. I plan on discussing all of these reasons in my research paper.
It is important to remember that the Vietnam War was the very first war shown on TV. It is known as the “living room war.” During this time, television is becoming a huge part of American lives. It is said that 48% of Americans trusted the TV more for their news as opposed to newspapers. This new technology had a huge impact on people and how they felt about the Vietnam War. They viewed live combat in their own living rooms and were aware of how many soldiers were dying. America was also aware that the majority of these men were not volunteers, and were forced to fight because of the government. Seeing the news every night gave Americans a better understanding of how brutal war truly was. It is said that television helped fuel the disapproval towards the Vietnam War.
Television wasn’t the only way people may have been influenced to oppose this living room war. The draft powered a lot disapproval. Young men with their whole lives ahead of them were forced to leave home, knowing there is a chance they may not come back, because their government. The first public burning of a draft card in the United States took place on October 15, 1965. It took place in New York by a man named, David Miller. He became the first U.S. war protestor to burn his draft card after a law was passed forbidding it. He was soon arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was tried, found guilty, and sentenced to two years. Young men weren’t ready to risk their lives, when their lives were just beginning.