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Vietnam power point

Vietnam power point



This is a very brief lesson on the history of the Vietnam war. It gives students not only an idea of what was going on overseas, but also what was going on at home.

This is a very brief lesson on the history of the Vietnam war. It gives students not only an idea of what was going on overseas, but also what was going on at home.



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    • Vietnam A Country at War 1954-1975
    • Menu
      • The War
      • The Home Front
      • The Outcome
      • #Conclusion
      • References
    • The Beginning
      • Due to an amount of conflict between the French and Vietnamese, Vietnam had split itself into two countries along it’s 17 th parallel. Communists occupied the north. Open elections were planned in 1956 to reunify the country. The United States, however, had different plans.
      • This is all going on after the heat of the Korean War and in the middle of the Cold War. American fear of communism is high.
      • Ngo Dinh Diem is appointed the democratic leader for the south by the United States.
      • Invasions from the south began in 1957 in search of communists.
      • A report called “The White Paper” gave Kennedy insight to what was going on in Vietnam. Some suggested that he send more troops and others suggested that he draw out completely.
      • Kennedy came to a compromise.
      • Only two years after the “White Paper” report, Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas and the war would change.
    • The War
      • A year and a half after Kennedy’s death, Lyndon Johnson is faced with a new set of issues. On August 2, 1964 an American ship is attacked. Two days later, it was reported that another ship had been attacked. (Later the second attack was known to be false). The president then called for a congressional resolution, giving the president great power to pursue the war. The resolution passed and this became known as the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.
      • More troops are sent out in high numbers over the next few years.
      • Vietnamese warfare is much different than any other that the U.S. soldiers have ever seen.
        • This was better known as guerrilla warfare. Vietnamese guerrilla fighters were known as the Vietcong.
        • Hideouts, underground camps and ambush attacks made it difficult for American troops to defend themselves.
    • Critically Think
      • Before we entered the Vietnam War, the U.S. had just resolved a conflict with Korea and was beginning a war with the Soviet Union. How did this affect U.S. involvement with Vietnam?
      • The second ship bombing in the Gulf of Tonkin was later discovered to be false. Some say that this was presented by the President himself to lure congress into war. Do you think this is true? Why or why not?
    • Protest
      • Vietnam was not a very popular war at home.
      • There was a lack in men volunteering for service, so a draft was issued by the government.
        • At one time, college students were exempt from this to complete there studies, but it was soon revoked.
      • A protest was held at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. The Ohio National Guard was called. It didn’t take long for soldiers to open fire on the crowd killing 4 students.
      This is a photo taken during a college protest. Students are placing flowers into the barrels of soldiers guns in a call for peace.
    • Famous Faces
      • Protest of the Vietnam War was not just left up to everyday citizens in America. Famous musicians, artists, movie stars and even some political figures sought an end to the War.
      • “ My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.” ~John Lennon
      • “ Why are you speaking about war, Dr. King? Why are you joining the voices of dissent? Peace and civil rights don't mix, they say. Aren't you hurting the cause of your people, they ask? And when I hear them, though I often understand the source of their concern, I am nevertheless greatly saddened, for such questions mean that the inquirers have not really known me, my commitment or my calling.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    • Critically Think
      • Were you surprised to find that Dr.
      • King played a role in the protest
      • of the Vietnam War? Why or why not?
      • Imagine yourself a college student
      • during this time. How would you
      • feel about the war? Would you participate in these protests? Why or why not?
      • Do you think we use the power of protest in our community today like in the Vietnam War? Why or why not?
    • The Tet Offensive
      • Things were not going well for President Johnson by the end of the 60s.
      • In 1968 communists in the north of Vietnam hit U.S. troops hard in the south. This string of attacks was known as the Tet Offensive, forcing the U.S. into negotiations.
      • This was not appealing to Johnson, however he was now backed into a corner and was running out of options.
      • The same year Johnson announced that he would not be running for the democratic ticket in the next presidential elections. He also made the announcement that he would be meeting with communists from Vietnam to come to an agreement and end the war.
    • Nixon and Paris
      • Nixon was elected President of the United States in 1969. During his campaign he ran on the promise that he had a plan to bring an end to the war.
      • However, more violence broke out in Cambodia and its surrounding areas.
        • This is what led to the protests at Kent State.
      • The situation became even more intense after a string of bombings over Cambodia that became known as the Christmas Bombings. People both nationally and internationally were extremely disturbed by these actions and forced Nixon into negotiations with communists.
      • Nixon heads to Paris in 1973 and signs a final agreement on January 23.
      • However, this doesn’t stop the president and his administration from trying to defeat the communists.
      • The capital of Saigon finally falls on April 30, 1975 ending the Vietnam War.
    • Critically Think
      • Knowing what we know now about the Vietnam War, do you think the U.S. getting involved was a good or a bad thing? Or was it a little of both? Why or why not?
      • How do you think this war affected Americans view of war? Our trust in the government?
    • Conclusion
      • Before this assignment, I really had no idea that power points could be non-linear.
      • This type of power point would be a great way to guide students through a project instead of having them read out of a book or sit through a lecture.
      • I can also see how I could incorporate other types of media, such as movies or music, for students to view/listen to and reflect on.
      • I will definitely use this type of power point in my future classrooms.
    • Reference/Bibliography
      • Battlefield Vietnam
      • Ohio History
      • Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence