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Week 10 lecture notes : The Vietnam War

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Week 10 lecture notes : The Vietnam War History 1302

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De'arricka Bryant
History of U.S. Since 1865
Richard Clyde Foust

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Date Created: 11/22/15
There was not a lecture for the previous week Week 10 Lecture The Vietnam War ID Vietnam War The policy of containment the domino theory the fear of international humiliation and the widespread belief in the rightness of the American mission led the united states into an undeclared war with Vietnam Initially the United States pursued massive bombing campaigns which quickly destroyed most major military targets Yet the bombings also resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians This increased support for the Vietcong in both North amp South Vietnam which forced American soldiers to fight against guerilla forces on all sides ID Vietnam Protest The Vietnam war galvanized opposition at home uniting people amp movements who otherwise might have had nothing in common initially the opposition was closely linked to the radical cultural politics of the sixties to rock music hippies and drug use and to general critiques of quotthe establishment Nixon Has a plan to end war quotPeace with Honor ID Vietnamization Nixon s Plan to bring quotpeace with honor entailed reducing American casualties by having south Vietnamese soldiers bear more of the ground fighting a process he called Vietnamization and defusing antiwar protests by ending the draft Nevertheless Nixon s decision to invade Cambodia revived student protest and in an infamous incident four students were killed at Kent State University where Ohio national guard troops opened fire on unarmed protestors The US signed a cease fire agreement in 1973 ID Vietnams Consequences The Vietnam War had farteaching consequences it resulted in the deaths of nearly 60000 Americans and as many as 2 million Vietnamese The war led congress to replace the military draft with an all volunteer force and inspired the war powers Act which restricted a president s ability to send American forces into combat without explicit congressional approval the war also weakened US military morale and undermined for a time The American commitment to internationalism Equally important the war weakened liberal reform and made many Americans deeply suspicious of the federal government Containment Policy Stop spread of communism Ho Chi Minh Communist Leader North Communist South Catholic quotLimited Wa r Dropped bombs little ground troops More in 1967 that all of WWII Vietnamese casualties 10005 Landmines Booby traps snipers 176 million dollars 2 million Vietnam deaths 58000 Americans 150000 wounded 830000 PTSD 21000 permanently disabled 50000 deserted


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