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The Vietnam War . The War Winds Down. Nixon Moves to End the War . Nixon appoints Henry Kissinger as special assistant for national security affairs. Linkage: improving relations with the Soviet Union and China, so he could persuade them to cut back on their aid.

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the vietnam war
The Vietnam War

The War Winds Down

nixon moves to end the war
Nixon Moves to End the War
  • Nixon appoints Henry Kissinger as special assistant for national security affairs.
  • Linkage: improving relations with the Soviet Union and China, so he could persuade them to cut back on their aid.
  • This failed and eventually, the US and South Vietnam would begin negotiating peace.
  • North Vietnam’s negotiator: Le DucTho
turmoil at home continues
Turmoil at Home Continues
  • Massacre at My Lai
  • Massacred possibly more than 200 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians in the hamlet of My Lai.
  • Most soldiers acted responsibly and honorably throughout the war.
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Turmoil at Home Continues
  • The Pentagon Papers
  • Daniel Ellsberg, leaked what was known as the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times. The documents revealed that many government officials during the Johnson administration privately questioned the war while publicity defending it.
  • After the invasion of Cambodia congress repealed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.
the united states pulls out of vietnam
The United States Pulls Out of Vietnam
  • The Two Sides Reach Peace
  • The Nixon administration began the most destructive air raids of the entire war.
  • In the wake of the bombing campaign, the United States and North Vietnam returned to the bargaining table.
  • Nguyen Van Thieu: South Vietnam’s President and peace negotiator for South Vietnam.
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The United States Pulls Out of Vietnam
  • South Vietnam Falls
  • The United States had barely pulled out its last troops from Vietnam when the peace agreement collapsed.
  • They then renamed Saigon Ho Chi Minh City.
the legacy of vietnam
The Legacy of Vietnam
  • The War’s Human Toll
  • The United States paid a heavy price for its involvements in Vietnam.
  • Relatives and friends were classified as missing in action or solider who’s fate was undetermined.
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The Legacy of Vietnam
  • The War’s Impact on the Nation
  • The war left its mark on the nation as a whole.
  • In 1973, Congress passed the War Powers Act as a way to reestablished some limits on executive power.
  • The Vietnam War increased American’s suspicion about their government.