What were the main reasons that the Vietnam War divided the US?
Most American wars have obvious starting points or precipitating causes: the Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, the capture of Fort Sumter in 1861, the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, and the North Korean invasion of South Korea in June 1950, for example. But there was no fixed beginning for the U.S. war in Vietnam.
One of the main reasons was to separate the Vietnam War from the French War or French Vietnam War (which is often referred to as the French Indochina War; and lately, the 1st Indochina War). To makes things simple: The French Indochina War and the US (American) Vietnam War, might be the easiest way to remember it.
The Vietnam War led to President Johnson's (Dem) decision not to run for re-election, which enabled Richard Nixon (Rep) to win the next 2 elections. It led to a distrust of American political figures that continues today, and the war led to the elimination of the draft and the implementation of the all-volunteer military.
There are several possible answers. Korea, which was divided into North Korea and South Korea following World War 2. Vietnam, which was divided into North Vietnam and South Vietnam following the first Indochina war. Following the Vietnam War, they returned to being one country. India, which was divided into India and Pakistan (East Pakistan and West Pakistan). Later, Pakistan became two separate countries, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The main reasons for starting a War in Vietnam was simply because communism was spreading and countries such as America didn't want this to happen. North Vietnam was already communist and the Americans feared that over time it would spread into the south and other places such as Laos and Korea. This is known as the Domino Theory. This basically meant that if one country feel into communism, then the surrounding countries would eventually fall…
During the "COLD WAR"; the Vietnam War was immoral to most people...who believed that war was "immoral" to begin with. Example: During WWII, which was a "clear case" of self defense (the Pearl Harbor Attack), people in the US still protested US involvement in that war. The "...reasons about the Vietnam War", would be the same; war is immoral, for those that choose to believe it. For many people there is NO JUSTIFICATION for war.
Vietnam is a country that is divided was in two, North and South. North and South Vietnam was in war with each other. I forgot what the the war was about. I believe is was slavery. When the war started South Vietnam ask the US to help them and so they did. I believe the war lasted 12 years before South Vietnam stopped the war by quiting. Colin, 12 years old