How did American casualties in Vietnam affect public opinion back home

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How did American casualties in Vietnam affect public opinion back home

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Vietnam was the first "television war," so every casualty was seen on the big screen. This gave Americans back home a more realistic, if not more horrific, view on war, and our position in the war.

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The American people wanted nothing to do with the Vietnam war. Having witnessed the unthinkable acts of violence through their TV's, and the obviousness that the Vietnamese did not want them there in the first place, the majority of Americans distanced themselves from the war. The Vietnam war was also their most debilitating war, costing them more than $167 billion dollars a year. This pushed the US economy to its limits, and resulted in its only defeat thus far.

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