Apocalypse Now Movie Worksheet
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Richard Nixon became president in 1969. Why was Nixon such a poor choice for the divided nation?
Nixon was just pulling the nation further apart, but America needed somebody to bridge the gap between the two sides. Nixon was somebody whom many Americans hated, and in the time of war, he was only going to make matters worse.
Who were the "silent majority"? How was the image of the silent majority used as a political weapon?
Nixon's silent majority referred mainly to the older generation but it also described many young people in the Midwest, West and in the South, many of whom eventually served in Vietnam. The Silent Majority was mostly populated by blue collar white people who did not take an active part in politics; suburban, exurban and rural middle-class voters.
In 1970, National Guardsmen killed four students at Kent State University. How did the killings at Kent State epitomize the destructive divide in America?
The shooting really showed how the government and the American public was clashing. Americans were not happy with what was going on, and the death of the four students only made Americans angrier.
What is identity politics? Are they empowering or are they divisive?
Identity politics refers to political positions based on the interests and perspectives of social groups with which people identify. Identity politics includes the ways in which people's politics may be shaped by aspects of their identity through loosely correlated social organizations.
American soldiers were better equipped, better fed and in better health than the Vietnamese soldiers. Yet, the American soldiers were not able to defeat the Vietnamese. Why were the Vietnamese soldiers so resilient?
Basically, because the Vietnamese wanted to win more than the Americans did. There were a couple of reasons for this. First, the Americans were an invading force, and the Vietnamese were fighting on their own soil. Second, the Americans were not willing to make an all-out commitment to winning.
Nixon's crowning achievement as president was his trip to China. Why was his trip to China so monumental?
Nixon's trip to China was similar to Obama's trip to Cuba. He opened up the door to China which was something no president wanted to do. He ended a large fight between the two nations.
Discuss some of the problems Vietnam veterans had adjusting to American society when they came home. Why did they have so many problems?
American's were not fond of the Vietnam War. Unlike previous wars, the Vietnam soldiers were not welcomed home with love and pride, they were almost disliked by Americans. It was very difficult for the veterans to adjust because people were not happy with what they were fighting for, and treated them poorly.
Why was Watergate such a scandal? How did it bring down the president of the United States?
Watergate was and is the largest presidential scandal to date. The Vietnam War was already very controversial, so when Watergate broke, it destroyed any chance of Nixon furthering his career.
Discuss the impact of the Watergate scandal on the American public, American confidence and American history.
Every American had their opinions on Nixon changed. Their president, who ended Vietnam, was a liar and fake. They lost confidence in American and in their government. Also, America never had a president be impeached before, but he was very very close to being impeached. American lost faith in their own country and in the people who were supposed to keep them safe.
How did the inability of the United States to defeat North Vietnam reveal cracks in the seemingly impenetrable military might of the country?
By the world, America was perceived to have the strongest military. So for them to lose a seemingly easy war, it almost put a target on America's back. We weren't the strong and invincible force that we were previously.
How did the fall of Saigon end an era?
The fall of Saigon ended the Vietnam war and signified a start of the Communist ruling in Vietnam.