The Vietnam War, which lasted from 1961 through 1973 had many effects towards not only the men and women who served in Vietnam, but everyone living in America during this time. The Vietnam War affected the society by having college students avoid the draft. The Vietnam War is still remember able today. There had been many revolutionists who attempted to impact change.
Vietnam had affected the society, many men who came out of high school left to Canada to dodge the draft. Many men and women were anti-war liberals who considered themselves “hippies.” There had been protesting in school campuses about troops moving into Cambodia. This resulted in a violent act which took the lives of four students and left eight injured.
There had been revolutionist who attempted to impact change. Many bands wrote and sang songs about the Vietnam War. Marvin Gaye was one of many of these singers. In his song, “What’s Going On,” he sings about how there should be no violence, where all there is, is violence. In the song, he states, “Brother, brother, brother, there’s far too many of you dying,” this illustrating the men dying in Vietnam. “American in Heaven,” by Jimmie Hendrix described us Americans and lyrics referred back to the revolutionary war, where a man who had witnessed an explosive attack at Fort M’Henry. In the song it quotes, “And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that out Flag was still there,” this meaning that America is strong, and never gives up, even in a time of distress and depression.
Vietnam is still remembered today, many teachers bring this era up. Teaching students this time frame will open their eyes to what can happen if the United States opens a draft again. Especially when the Iraq War is happening, many of people can be called in. Many people still raise money for Vietnam veterans, and America has national day for veterans. The government is still in debt for the costs of the Vietnam War.