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					• While the “Hippie”
  movement was short-
  lived, the power of
  music influenced many
  young people in the
  United States.

• The power of music also
  caused “moral-panics”
  of older generations of
  Americans.

  – For example: WWII Vets
     had their own sons
     protesting the Vietnam
     War.
• An event that
  proved to the
  United States that
  we could not “win”
  in Vietnam
  occurred in 1968.




• This event was
  known as the
  “Tet Offensive.”
        Troop Levels in Vietnam
           1962-1963    12,000
Nov. 22, 1963     Kennedy Assassinated
1964              *Gulf of Tonkin Incident
                                  Battlefield Deaths
           1965       184,000     2,532
           1966       384,000     6,053
           1967       500,000    11,058
           1968       549,000    16,522
           1969       479,000    11,527
           1970       280,000     6,065
           1971       159,000     2,348
           1972        24,000       561
 The Tet Offensive proved that…
• …the U.S. could not win. The
  U.S.’ first 4 years of trying to
  force the Vietcong north had
  completely failed.

• …the U.S. needed to control
  Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia
  as well if we were to control
  Vietnam.

• …there was a “credibility gap”
  between U.S. commanders and
  American citizens.

• …our own President had had
  enough.

				
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