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The My Lai Massacre On March 16 1968 a terrible massacre occurred at My Lai called The My Lai Massacre The following massacre should have never happened and the events that followed the massacre are typical of any American wrongdoing Thats why it wasnt in my US History book They covered it up and the people involved in the massacre received no punishment except for one soldier My US History book The Story of America Volume 2 doesnt even touch on this dark moment in US history The closest that they come to my topic is the eight pages about the Vietnam War Within these pages they talked about Nixon being elected to presidency in 1968 He received 43 percent of the popular vote only 1 less than Humphrey He sought to please the middle class income voters and people who were neither radicals nor reactionaries The middle class was worried about the high taxes and rising prices So Nixon concentrated on ending the inflation he ordered a wage-and-price freeze for 90 days In this 90 days he set up a special committee to supervise wages and prices Then announced guidelines to place maximum limits on future increases in wages and prices This did slow down inflation Another key point was Vietnamization that was the idea to remove American troops and put South Vietnamese troops in instead At the start of the Vietnam War there were over 540000 American troops in Vietnam and by spring 1970 there were under 430000 American troops there Nixon planed to pull out another 150000 men within a year But then Nixon became a hypocrite by sending American troops to Cambodia to destroy bases being used by North Vietnamese Volume 2 The Story of America 535-538 That is the summery of what else occurred during the time period of the My Lai Massacre The My Lai Massacre occurred at 730 on the morning on March
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