Nalyze How Vietnam War Influenced American Foreign Policy

Assignment: Write an analytical essay in response to the following prompt. You should use at least one primary source and two secondary sources. No outside research is necessary, though it is allowed. Sources should be cited with Chicago-style footnotes.

The essay should be 1500-2000 words long (about 6-8 pages). Double-space your papers, use a standard font (Times New Roman/Palatino/Book Antiqua), and use a font size between 10 and 12 points. Essays should be submitted as a Word document via Blackboard.


The late 1960s and 1970s were a turning point in American foreign policy on a number of fronts. In this essay, analyze one of the major foreign policy issues of the period (e.g., Vietnam, the Middle East, economics) and explain how it changed Americai??s role in the world.

Note: This essay will require you to explain the trends in American foreign policy prior to the 1970s in order to make clear what changes in the period you are writing about, but the bulk of the essay should focus on the 1960s and 1970s.