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The Vietnam War. AMERICA DIVIDED. WHAT DO I DO? . Use the slides and video clips provided in the slide show to fill in the blanks on your coursepack worksheets entitled “Hot Events in the Cold War” Key words are in red for your convenience! . ANOTHER COLD WAR DIVISION.

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The vietnam war

The Vietnam War

AMERICA DIVIDED


What do i do
WHAT DO I DO?

  • Use the slides and video clips provided in the slide show to fill in the blanks on your coursepack worksheets entitled “Hot Events in the Cold War”

  • Key words are in red for your convenience!


Another cold war division
ANOTHER COLD WAR DIVISION

  • Like Korea and Germany, Vietnam was divided in two following World War 2

  • North Korea was given a communist government supported by China

  • South Korea was given a democratic government supported by France


Vietnam s leaders
VIETNAM’S LEADERS

Ho Chi Minh of Nguyen Van Thieuof

North Vietnam South Vietnam


French withdrawal
FRENCH WITHDRAWAL

  • From 1950 France and USA worked together to keep South Vietnam free from attack from the North

  • French forces withdrew in 1957 and American troops replaced them


Gulf of tonkin resolution
GULF OF TONKIN RESOLUTION

  • In 1964 North Korea bombed the US naval destroyer, the Maddox

  • US President Lyndon B. Johnson responded with the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution to increase US action in Vietnam

  • The war was ON!

Beginnings of the Vietnam War



Deadly napalm
DEADLY NAPALM

  • U.S. napalm bomb strike in South Vietnam, 1966. The USA dropped more than 338,000 tons of napalm (jellied gasoline) on Vietnam and killed more than 2 million Vietnamese during eight years of war.



Napalm strike 1972
NAPALM STRIKE 1972

  • South Vietnamese children burned by napalm accidentally dropped by South Vietnamese planes. Kim Phuc’s clothes were burned off her body.


The war worsens
THE WAR WORSENS

  • By 1966 there were over 500 000 US soldiers in Vietnam

  • Many South Vietnamese were secretly working to support the communist North

  • They were the National Liberation Front, known as Viet Cong

  • They launched some major attacks on the American troops from within the South including the Tet Offensive

  • Tet Offensive Video Clip


My lai massacre 1968
MY LAI MASSACRE 1968

  • The Viet Cong made many US soldiers angry and distrusting of all Vietnamese people, as a result, some vicious atrocities ensued

  • American troops attacked the village of My Lai, an alleged Viet Cong stronghold, where they raped and killed over 500 civilians

  • Change your handout to read 500 civilians, not 150



The ho chi minh trail
THE HO CHI MINH TRAIL by American soldiers just moments before they were slain

  • The infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail served as the supply route from North Vietnam to soldiers and Viet Cong in the South

  • Both sides were forbidden from entering Laos and Cambodia, but both sides did anyways


The american public protests
THE AMERICAN PUBLIC PROTESTS by American soldiers just moments before they were slain

  • The Vietnam War was the first war where the US government did not receive 100% full support from the American people

  • Many men refused to be conscripted, publicly burned draft cards, and many hid in Canada

  • Anti-war protests were common

  • Washington Anti-War Protest 1969


Peace talks finally
PEACE TALKS… FINALLY by American soldiers just moments before they were slain

  • Under much public pressure and after suffering great loss in Vietnam, the peace talks began in 1972 and US troops withdrew by 1973

  • Despite the ceasefire, both sides continued to fight

  • In 1975 North Vietnam invaded South Vietnam for the last time and in 1976 the two halves were united under one communist government

  • Vietnam remains united today



The end
THE END by American soldiers just moments before they were slain


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