Most Trying Times in American History

View Poll Results :When was the Most Trying Times in American History?
Now 4 16.67%
Vietnam and the culture revolution of the time 2 8.33%
The Cold War 0 0%
World War II 0 0%
The Great Depression 6 25.00%
World War I 1 4.17%
The Civil War 8 33.33%
The Revolutionary War 3 12.50%
Voters: 24. You may not vote on this poll

December 11th, 2005  
Duty Honor Country

Topic: Most Trying Times in American History

I am copying this poll from a study done with college history professors. 2500 surveys were sent to schools throughout the US, 354 professors responded. THey were asked to pick the most trying times in American history from a list of events, all being wars except the Great Depression. 46% of those professors said the current times were trhe easiest. The article went on to say young people thought these times were the most trying

Anyways, this looks like it could be good debate, so I am bringing the survey to the forums.
December 11th, 2005  
I voted for the Civil War. Though I was born during World War II and lived thru the top three of this poll, including serving in VietNam, I feel that the Civil War was the most trying in terms of the nation. It was brother against brother, a stuggle to determine if the country would even exist, the issue of slavery, the rights of the States vs the Federal government. My parents would probably have picked the great Depression, and lord, have I heard enough stories about that.
December 11th, 2005  
Having been initiated into history the summer at my Grandma's farm where I was "forced" to read John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" I would, even after all that I have read, studied and comtemplated still, opt for the Great Depression. It may not have been war but it was, to my understanding, a far more difficult struggle. There was no enemy to rally against to raise morale when you hit the skids. You had nothing and neither did anyone else. Standing in lines for free soup day after day. I think it broke people's confidence and pride like nothing a war could do. With a war, even a war that divides families as even the Civil AND Revolutionary war (See Benjamin Franklin and his son), you have a cause greater than yourself in which you can seek refuge from the darkness.
December 11th, 2005  
Duty Honor Country
I voted for the Revolution.

The Battle of Trenton showed how bad things really were for the newly formed nation. Horatio Gates and George Washington were engaged in a power struggle. Washington had crossed the Deleware and was fearful of a British attack. He sent word to Gates to come at all possible speed. Gates did anything but. Coorespondence with Gates showed he hoped Washington would be defeated so he could take control of the army. Eveuntually Gates, with 800 men, met up with Washington. Washington's situation was dire. He was a breath away from losing his army. As his army marched to attack, blood trails were left in the snow by those who did not have boots. By the grace of God, he won at Trenton and kept the flame of the Revolution going. Talk about being so close to failure.

Another trying time was right before the election of 1800. President Adams had used public reaction to the XYZ Affair along with the siezure of American ships by the British and French to get funds for an Army and Navy approved. Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of War, started to interview potential army officers on thier political views. He hoped to put federalist officers incharge of the army. This way, the Army would be more than willing to quell the political opposition of Jefferson and the Virginia Republicans. Talk about some crazy things going on. The election of 1800 is another crazy item. But I will save that for another day.
December 11th, 2005  
I voted for Vietnam and the Cultural Revolution of the time.

Vietnam was a war that America could have, should have, and would have won if not for the biased, irresponsible reporting and the "Who gives a damn, let's get high" attitude of the time. The Tet Offensive was the "overwhelming" victory that the military needed to bring the war to the enemy, after the offensive the Viet Cong were all but destroye,d their most elite unit, the Viet Cong 9th Division, had been completely destroyed when they attacked Saigon, the NVA units sent into the south were also decimated. This was for all essential purposes a rout by the US and South Vietnamese Forces, all points were retaken within two weeks, the Viet Cong were forced to retreat from South Vietnam with the exception of a handful of locations. This was a complete mility victory for the US and South Vietnam yes this battle would be the beginning of the end for the US and all because the average American can not handle the truth of warfare, it is bloody, shit happens, things don't go as planned.

Vietnam was a military victory for the US, our military did everything that was asked of it and more. On the political spectrum however it was a loss because the people at home could not understand what was going on and irresponsible reporting led to believe one outcome when the opposite was true. (And people wonder why I don't believe what the media is reporting on Iraq.)

After withdrawing from Vietnam the people refused to take responsibility for their actions and pinned the loss on the military. If ever there was a time that the military could have over thrown the government it was after Vietnam, when they were unfairly blamed for that loss. Not till Desert Storm was the military able to forget Vietnam and move on, and now certain law makers are getting a little liberal in throwing around the "V" word when describing Iraq. (Even though only three members of the House recently voted to stay in Iraq.)
December 11th, 2005  
I was split between Vietnam and the great depression. I felt the great depression more than any other time in American history including all of our wars threatend our general way of life as much as the great depression did.
December 11th, 2005  
I see all the events listed as trying times but The Great Depression is my vote. The New Deal politics and political means taken to bring the US economy back on track and then soon after meet the outbreak of World War II with such outstanding courage and determination is one of a kind in modern history.
December 11th, 2005  
The Great Depression
December 14th, 2005  
Whispering Death
I don't see how you can't say the Civil War. We where killing eachother by the hundreds of thousands!
December 14th, 2005  
Chief Bones

Topic: Choice is very simple

My choice is very simple (and personal) -


I can remember almost every single second of that period with unusual clarity. I came through Chicago O'hare airport in the spring of 62/63 and had a HariKrishna broad step directly into my path and accuse me of being a baby killer (I was in uniform and was carrying my duffel bag). Before I'd gone another fifty feet, some other greasy haired bimbo spat in my direction. If not for the fact that I was trying to make connections for a short leave, the story could have had a very different ending (my temper was shorter then and I just didn't give a damn). About the only response I made to either of these two simpletons was to raise the "single war eagle" (finger) to both of them and continue on my way.

It was a trying time for me because of personal losses that took part during that damn war. Friends, fellow warriors, buddies - none were spared.

(Only my wife knows the nightmares).