Moving Toward Conflict
US Supports France in Vietnam
• Nationalist Movements
– Protest French colonial rule
– Protest Japanese rule
during WWII
•...
US Supports France in Vietnam
• French Indochina
War (1946-1954)
– France retook control
of South
– Vietminh controlled
No...
US Supports France in Vietnam
• Domino Theory
– Eisenhower’s justification to fight in Vietnam
– If one nation falls to Co...
US Supports France in Vietnam
• Vietminh take Dien
Bien Phu in 1954
• Geneva Accords
divide Vietnam
• Communist North and
...
The US Steps In

Ho Chi Minh
North

• Ngo Dinh Diem (South)
– Refused to hold elections
– Supported by US
– Corrupt regime...
The US Steps In
• JFK and Vietnam
– Supported Diem to fight Communism
– Diem government unstable and corrupt
– US removed ...
LBJ Expands the Conflict
• Tonkin Gulf
Resolution
– Response to incident
in Gulf of Tonkin
• North Vietnamese
ships fired ...
LBJ Expands the Conflict
– Resolution
Provisions
• Gave LBJ broad
military powers
• Launched Operation
Rolling Thunder
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Section 30 1 moving toward conflict

  1. 1. Moving Toward Conflict
  2. 2. US Supports France in Vietnam • Nationalist Movements – Protest French colonial rule – Protest Japanese rule during WWII • Ho Chi Minh formed Vietminh • Declared independence when Japan was defeated
  3. 3. US Supports France in Vietnam • French Indochina War (1946-1954) – France retook control of South – Vietminh controlled North – US Supported France
  4. 4. US Supports France in Vietnam • Domino Theory – Eisenhower’s justification to fight in Vietnam – If one nation falls to Communism, others will
  5. 5. US Supports France in Vietnam • Vietminh take Dien Bien Phu in 1954 • Geneva Accords divide Vietnam • Communist North and Nationalist South • Call for elections in 1956
  6. 6. The US Steps In Ho Chi Minh North • Ngo Dinh Diem (South) – Refused to hold elections – Supported by US – Corrupt regime • Vietcong Form in Resistance to Diem – Communist opposition group – Supplied along Ho Chi Minh Trail – Make Southern Vietnam unstable Ngo Dinh Diem South
  7. 7. The US Steps In • JFK and Vietnam – Supported Diem to fight Communism – Diem government unstable and corrupt – US removed Diem in 1963 • South grows unstable • Increased influence of Vietcong
  8. 8. LBJ Expands the Conflict • Tonkin Gulf Resolution – Response to incident in Gulf of Tonkin • North Vietnamese ships fired on US ship • LBJ responded by bombing Vietnam
  9. 9. LBJ Expands the Conflict – Resolution Provisions • Gave LBJ broad military powers • Launched Operation Rolling Thunder

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