30 powerful photos from the Vietnam War era
The Vietnam War marked a turning point in United States history. For the first time, images and stories of a war being fought on the other side of the world became accessible to the public nearly instantly. As the conflict in Southeast Asia escalated, tensions within the US followed suit. The hippie, pacifist, and civil rights movements all intersected. They were united by their common disdain for war and disillusionment with their country’s leaders. At the same time, troops fought for their lives on unfamiliar terrain, largely isolated in a foreign land.