America and Vietnam. The Early Years. Background. Long history of foreign powers ruling Vietnam : Chinese, Japanese, French French Indochina= Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Background. Vietnamese Nationalism Attempts to fight for independence against colonial governments Ho Chi Minh
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The Early Years
Vietnam: Chinese, Japanese, French
Ngo Dinh Diem refuses to hold elections and cracks down on communist groups in South Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh + nationalists begin armed struggle to reunify Vietnam
Vietcong- guerrilla army of South Vietnamese Communists
Kennedy increased troops in Vietnam