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Photojournalism in the Vietnam War

The United States’ war in Vietnam has been called “the living room war” due to the conflict’s unprecedented level of press coverage. For the first time in American military history journalists were given near unlimited access to combat zones in which American servicemen were fighting and dying. The result of this relatively unbridled access is a plethora of documentary evidence of the Vietnam conflict and its many facets. Furthermore, journalistic enterprise and ubiquity during the Vietnam conflict had a more profound impact on popular opinion than during any previous engagement. More specifically, photojournalism emerged during the conflict as both a popular and poignant medium for portraying the war’s effects. The importance of photojournalism during the Vietnam conflict is reflected in the lasting impact its most renowned photographs, such as Accidental Napalm Strike, have had on the American psyche. 

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