Origin of the Vietnam     “Conflict” What Happened Before U.S. Involvement
History of Imperialism• China (independence in 1000 C.E.)• French in the 1600s      • Creation of Indochina• Japan 1940-45...
Viet Minh: Friend or Foe?•   were nationalists and communists (formed 1940 or 41)•   led by Ho Chi Minh (“He who enlighten...
Fork in the Road• Ho Chi Minh declared independence in 1945• US DOS was divided• France asks for the return of its colonie...
Fear of Communism! (1950)• Success of Chinese Revolution• Truman’s Speech “cause of freedom is                      being ...
Foreshadowing of escalation • “...the resources of the United States would be deployed topreserve Indochina and Southeast ...
We Like Ike!•   Eisenhower Presidency•   continues aid to France until Dienbienphu•   Geneva Accords 1954: division and el...
And the U.S. picks...       Ngo Dinh Diem!•   Catholic•   Friend of the French•   Torturer•   Corrupt•   Boycotts Election...
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Origins Of Nam

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Intro to the Vietnam War. This presentation describes the history of Vietnam before U.S. involvement and the early stages of U.S. involvement.

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Origins Of Nam

  1. 1. Origin of the Vietnam “Conflict” What Happened Before U.S. Involvement
  2. 2. History of Imperialism• China (independence in 1000 C.E.)• French in the 1600s • Creation of Indochina• Japan 1940-45• China and England 1945• French Part Deux! (1946-1954) • in hindsight....What if???
  3. 3. Viet Minh: Friend or Foe?• were nationalists and communists (formed 1940 or 41)• led by Ho Chi Minh (“He who enlightens”)• fought against the French and the Japanese• conflicted U.S. perspective
  4. 4. Fork in the Road• Ho Chi Minh declared independence in 1945• US DOS was divided• France asks for the return of its colonies• Viet Minh’s response• golden opportunity missed! What if?
  5. 5. Fear of Communism! (1950)• Success of Chinese Revolution• Truman’s Speech “cause of freedom is being challenged”• Outbreak of the Korean War• Commies are going to take over Asia!• Uncle Sam’s wallet opens up
  6. 6. Foreshadowing of escalation • “...the resources of the United States would be deployed topreserve Indochina and Southeast Asia from further Communist encroachment.” Dean Rusk, Undersecretary of State • U.S. provides 80% of the funding for the French
  7. 7. We Like Ike!• Eisenhower Presidency• continues aid to France until Dienbienphu• Geneva Accords 1954: division and election
  8. 8. And the U.S. picks... Ngo Dinh Diem!• Catholic• Friend of the French• Torturer• Corrupt• Boycotts Elections 1956
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