DBQ Essay: How The Vietnam War Changed America

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Discussion Question #4
The Vietnam war changed America in many ways. Few of the factors that were affected were the American economy, changes in policy, and issues in government. The Vietnam war created vast amounts of damage and the U.S. spent over $150billion dollars during their involvement. This spending lead to unbalances in global trade and ultimately caused an international fiscal crisis in 1967-1968. In addition, as the Vietnam war was escalating, inflation increased, food prices increased, and the oil price hike occurred in 1973. Changes in policy included the military draft being replaced with an all-volunteer army, the voting age became 18+ for all U.S. citizens, and the passing of the War Powers Resolution in 1973; this prevented the president from allowing troops to go into combat for
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This and other events that took place under the radar such as the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and the My Lai Massacre made American citizens question actions taken by the government and lead to lack of trust.

HAQ #4
The process to achieve women and minority equality after the second world war had many obstacles but also created civil rights that would decrease the tensions between the races and sexes of American society. Although the women’s rights movement originated in the 19th century with abolitionism, it wasn’t until the 1920s when women had the right to vote via the 19th amendment that gave them a greater voice in American society. Much later in the 1960s, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination based on sex as well as other factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin etc. The one organization that started influencing women and feminism was the National Organisation for Women (NOW) which started in 1966. The purpose of this group and many others was to ensure that women had equal rights in political, educational, economic, and other professional aspects of society. Though some plans