Discussion Questions. What did Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh want? How and with whom did he make his case? What was President Truman’s response? Why? Explain President Eisenhower’s Domino theory. According to Ike, what is the strategic importance of Indochina?
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Nearly 20 years of involvement…
58,195 American deaths
300,000 Americans wounded…
2.4 million Vietnamese deaths…
$120 billion spent between 1965-1973…
Pervasive legacy that divided the nation…
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
Thinking Skill: State implications of US involvement and the consequences of US escalation
A Typical “Grunt”
About 11,000 women served from 1962-1973 (DoD)
Thinking Skill: Examine information from more than one point of view
Objective: Assess the goals of all sides in the conflict through 1968
What was the significance of the Vietnamese New Year in 1968?
Answer: “I’m afraid there are few acceptable alternatives…”
Some turn to drugs, alcohol, and await the end of their tour
Plan to exit Vietnam?
“Ohio” Neil Young
Tin Soldiers and Nixon coming,
We’re finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio…
Saigon falls in 1975. The Vietnam War is over; the Communist forces have won. Will the dominoes begin to fall?