What were the political and social effects in the US of the end of the Vietnam War?

The most immediate effect of the Vietnam War was the staggering death toll. The war killed an estimated 2 million Vietnamese civilians, 1.1 million North Vietnamese troops, 200,000 South Vietnamese troops, and 58,000 U.S. troops. Those wounded in combat numbered tens of thousands more. The massive U.S. bombing of both North and South Vietnam left the country in ruins, and the U.S. Army's use of herbicides such as Agent Orange not only devastated Vietnam's natural environment but also caused widespread health problems that have persisted for decades.

  • ST- Soldiers were away from home for long periods of time
  • ST- Protests began all over the US
  • ST- Many lost trust in US government
  • ST- Conditions were harsh
  • ST- Drugs and Stimulants were used daily to calm the nerves of the US soldiers that constantly were on guard of an attack
  • ST- Morale quickly fell in the camps (aka rape of village girls ect.)
  • ST- First time people started to refuse the draft
  • ST- Soldiers were critised for going to war
  • LT- Troops were pulled from Vietnam
  • LT- Negotiations with Vietnam were signed
  • LT- It served as a vital lesson to the American Gov
  • LT or ST depending on how you look at it- long-term health effects of exposure to the herbicides used in Vietnam and other health problems caused by the constant fear of being ambushed