Chapter 29-Section 2    Escalation in Vietnam
Kennedy and Commies President Kennedy confronts  communism in a few different ways:   Peace Corps: Sent volunteers to he...
Imagine this… It is 1965, you are elected to Congress.  Congratulations! Voters are concerned  about events in Vietnam, a...
President Johnson   Some said he wanted this war   1964- USS Maddox is fired upon in the Gulf of Tonkin   Johnson asks ...
Questions… Did the Congress ever declare war on  Vietnam? Why might there be issues with giving  the President the power...
Ho Chi Minh Trail Ho Chi Minh Trail- Supply route used by VC
AgentOrange
Search and Destroy Tactic used in Vietnam  to search for enemies  and enemy camps, and  quickly leave. Once  gone they co...
U.S. Soldiers in Vietnam  2 million served  18-21 on average  Soldiers everyday had to worry about   land mines and tra...
Turning Point  American military leaders thought we   were nearing the end of the war  1968- New Year (Tet) normally mea...
Tet changes minds After the Tet only  33% of Americans  believed the U.S. is  winning the war 49% said we  shouldn’t hav...
Popular opinion “Living room war” Hawks Doves Search and destroy  mission goes wrong My Lai incident
Chapter 29  section 2- 2013
Chapter 29  section 2- 2013
Chapter 29  section 2- 2013
Chapter 29  section 2- 2013
Chapter 29  section 2- 2013
Chapter 29  section 2- 2013
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Chapter 29 section 2- 2013

  1. 1. Chapter 29-Section 2 Escalation in Vietnam
  2. 2. Kennedy and Commies President Kennedy confronts communism in a few different ways:  Peace Corps: Sent volunteers to help with projects around the world  Alliance for Progress: gave $20 Billion to Latin America to prevent communism  What were the two military ways we talked about last week?  Bays of Pigs invasion and Cuban Blockade
  3. 3. Imagine this… It is 1965, you are elected to Congress. Congratulations! Voters are concerned about events in Vietnam, and you are carefully following the events so far. No one knows what will happen if the U.S. gets more involved. It might help stop communism, it might also kill thousands of American troops. Would you support sending U.S. troops? Why or why not?
  4. 4. President Johnson Some said he wanted this war 1964- USS Maddox is fired upon in the Gulf of Tonkin Johnson asks Congress to allow him to take action = Tonkin Gulf Resolution  “to take all necessary measures to repeal any armed attack against the forces of the U.S.”
  5. 5. Questions… Did the Congress ever declare war on Vietnam? Why might there be issues with giving the President the powers given in the Tonkin Gulf Resolution?
  6. 6. Ho Chi Minh Trail Ho Chi Minh Trail- Supply route used by VC
  7. 7. AgentOrange
  8. 8. Search and Destroy Tactic used in Vietnam to search for enemies and enemy camps, and quickly leave. Once gone they could dump massive amount of explosives on that area.
  9. 9. U.S. Soldiers in Vietnam  2 million served  18-21 on average  Soldiers everyday had to worry about land mines and traps  “You simply trusted absolutely no one. I mean, from a 5-year-old kid to a 75-year- old woman.”  Many false myths about soldiers  Enlisted vs drafted  Racial  Suicidal and Drug use
  10. 10. Turning Point  American military leaders thought we were nearing the end of the war  1968- New Year (Tet) normally meant cease-fire  Tet Offensive: Vietcong launched surprise attacks all over South Vietnam  Uh Oh! Enemy is still really strong
  11. 11. Tet changes minds After the Tet only 33% of Americans believed the U.S. is winning the war 49% said we shouldn’t have gone in.
  12. 12. Popular opinion “Living room war” Hawks Doves Search and destroy mission goes wrong My Lai incident

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