The Vietnam War was one of the most publicized wars in all of American history. Thousands watched on their television as Walter Cronkite and other news anchors showed film and photographs of American and South Vietnamese soldiers fighting the Vietcong. For many Americans, these images remained with them long after the conclusion of the war. The following documents are some examples of how the media portrayed the events leading up to and during the Vietnam War.
Questions to Consider:
- How was the war depicted in photographs?
- Did the troops support the war? If not, why?
- Based on the media provided, why did the United States get involved in the Vietnam?
- What effect, if any, does this have on your opinion on the Vietnam War?
Propaganda Posters/Advertisements Created by the United States
American Wartime Pamphlet to Viet Cong
Malcolm Browne's Photo of Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist Monk Immolating Himself (June 11, 1963)
Eddie Adams' "General Nguyen Ngoc Loan Executing a Viet Cong Prisoner in Saigon" (February 1, 1968)
Ronald Haeberle's Photo of the My Lai Massacre (March 16, 1968)