The Home Front
in the 1960s and early 1970s was a country in transition. We had
gone from the heady exuberance of the post-World War II economic boom,
to the daily specter of the Cold War with its constant threat of nuclear
were faced with the reality of offensive missiles 90 miles from our
shores, in Cuba, and a tense standoff with the Soviet Union on the high
seas. The Civil Rights movement was gaining momentum and there was turmoil
in the streets of many southern cities.
was winning the space race, after a slow start, and would place a man
on the Moon before the end of the decade. There was much unrest on college
campuses, a president had been assassinated, drugs were coming into
the mainstream, and the "Women's Liberation" movement had
was in this maelstrom of change that the Vietnam War was being fought.
We will examine the effects of these changes on the military and the
prosecution of the war in Vietnam, and its eventual outcome.