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Vietnam War and America

The Vietnam War deeply affected the American culture, not only the hippie movement of the 1960s, but also all of society.  American confidence in its leaders and military was deeply shaken.  The war was broadcast to peoples’ homes every night on television.  Young people found a common cause and became active in trying to end the war, founding their own counterculture in the process.  America seemed to almost rip in two during the Sixties.

The war seemed to be taking its toll on America.  In 1969, U.S. troops, led by Lieutenant William Calley massacred some 500 innocent men, women and children at a village called My Lai.  In 1970, National Guardsmen shot four American college students during an anti-war rally at Kent State University.

Negotiations with North Vietnam led to the 1972 Paris Peace Accords, by which Nixon’s “peace with honor” was achieved.  American troops left Vietnam on March 29, 1973.  Over 57,000 US men and women were killed between 1957 and 1973.  The war continued until Saigon fell to the communists in 1975.  Vietnam was finally unified, some thirty years after its people were supposed to vote on a single government.

The wounds of the Vietnam War have taken a long time to heal.  In 1979, the US imposed a trade embargo on Vietnam.  In 1982, the two countries began talking about American MIA’s, and Vietnam began returning remains.  That same year, “The Wall,” the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, opened.

In 1994, the US lifted its trade embargo on Vietnam. But it was not until 1995 that President Clinton normalized relations between the United States and Vietnam.  The two nations exchange ambassadors, and reopened their embassies.  In November 2000, President Clinton visited Hanoi, the first President to visit Vietnam since Nixon in 1969.  In his youth, President Clinton opposed the Vietnam War.  As President, perhaps he finally ended it.

Vietnam War and America Research Paper Topic Suggestions

America’s Longest War- America’s Longest War Research Paper looks at a book by George Herring about the Vietnam War and the United States involvement.

Anti-War Movement – Discusses the reasons people joined the anti-war movement in America after the Civil Rights Movement.

Anti-Vietnam War Sentiment – Anti-Vietnam War Sentiment term papers follow the negative reaction of US citizens concerning the Vietnam War.

Battle of Hamburger Hill - Battle of Hamburger Hill research papers discuss the notorious battle, that took place on May 1969, that is seen as a representative of America’s involvement in Vietnam.

Kennedy and Vietnam- Kennedy and Vietnam Research Paper looks at the shortcomings that the United States had in its approach toward the Vietnam conflict.

Military Nurses in Vietnam – Military Nurses in Vietnam term papers examine the role of the nurse in the Vietnam War.

Paris Peace Accord - Inspection of the terms of the Paris Peace Accords reveal that the United States basically had to end the Vietnam conflict by completely removing any hint of a military presence. 

Paris Peace Conference - This term paper will outline the roles played by each of the Big Four; Woodrow Wilson, David Lloyd George, M Clemenceau, and Signor Orlando.

Pentagon Papers – Pentagon Papers term paper reveals the government deceived the American public during the Vietnam War.

Tonkin Gulf Resolution – In 1964, in response to the alleged attack on the United States destroyer called the Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin, Congress passed what is today known as the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, giving our nation unfettered allowance to use military force in Southeast Asia.

Vietnam War and American Culture - Vietnam War and American Culture term papers illustrate how the United States was deeply affected by the US entering Vietnam.

Who Spoke Up- Who Spoke Up research paper discusses the civil rights movement and two apologists points of view on this event in history.

Who Spoke Up by Zaroulis and Sullivan - In Who Spoke Up Zaroulis and Sullivan, two apologists for the movement, are at pains to tell us what the movement was not.

Women with PSTD after Vietnam – Women and PTSD After Vietnam term papers explore the incidence of post traumatic stress disorder in the women that served in Vietnam.

Women and the Vietnam War – Women and the Vietnam War term papers discuss the role of women in politics and at war.