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    Vietnam War Vietnam War Presentation Transcript

    • Vietnam War American History 10th Grade
    • What do you already know?
      • What do you already know about the Vietnam War?
      • We never actually declared war
      • Only war we have ever lost
    • Learning Targets
      • I can explain how the Vietnam war is an example of the U.S. Policy of Containment.
      • I can explain how the Vietnam war affected American foreign policy.
      • I can analyze why the war created conflict at home.
      • I am able to understand different perspectives of the war.
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    • Key Events of the War
      • French forces controlled Vietnam during imperialism.
      • The French were defeated in 1954
      • Vietnam was divided at the 17th parallel into a noncommunist south and a communist north.
      • Vietnam was split into two nations in 1956.
      • President Ngo Dinh Diem pledged to prevent a communist takeover of the South.
      • Ho Chi Minh led the Communist Party in the North.
      • Diem eventually fell out of favor and was assassinated.
    • U.S. Involvement
      • American warships were attacked in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964.
      • Congress gave President Lyndon Johnson almost unlimited military power to wage war
      • Johnson began bombing North Vietnam and increased the number of U.S. troops
      • As U.S. casualties increased, so did opposition to the war at home.
        • Massive antiwar demonstrations took place on U.S. college campuses and at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
    • Involvement Cont’d
      • In 1968, the North Vietnamese launched a massive offensive against South Vietnam during the first day of Tet.
      • America needed to use full military power.
      • War was televised for the first time in U.S. history.
      • Nixon began Vietnamization: supported turning the war effort over to the South Vietnamese and withdrawing U.S. troops.
      • 1970, Nixon expanded the war into Laos and Cambodia- led to increased opposition to the war at home.
        • Four college students were killed at Kent State in Ohio
    • The end of the War
      • The United States signed a treaty with North Vietnam in 1973 and brought home its troops and POWs,
      • South Vietnam continued to fight. On April 30, 1975, the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to communist forces, unifying Vietnam.
    • War Strategies
      • How might have Vietnam’s geography affected fighting?
      • What is guerilla warfare? How did this effect the U.S.?