Ngo Dinh Diem
Vietnamese leader gained controll of S. Vietnam- refused to hold elections to keep from communism
Lyndon B. Johnson
1963-1969, Democrat , signed the civil rights act of 1964 into law and the voting rights act of 1965. he had a war on poverty in his agenda. in an attempt to win, he set a few goals, including the great society, the economic opportunity act, and other programs that provided food stamps and welfare to needy famillies. he also created a department of housing and urban development. his most important legislation was probably medicare and medicaid.
a 1954 peace agreement that divided vietnam into communist-controlled north vietnam and non-communist south vietnam until unification elections could be held in 1956
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
allowed the president to take all necassary measures to repel armed attack or prevent further aggression
Ho Chi Minh
1950s and 60s; communist leader of North Vietnam; used geurilla warfare to fight anti-comunist, American-funded attacks under the Truman Doctrine; brilliant strategy drew out war and made it unwinnable
a Communist-led army and guerrilla force in South Vietnam that fought its government and was supported by North Vietnam.
operation Rolling Thunder
bombing campaign over North Vietnam, supposed to weaken enemy's ability and will to fight
Search and Destroy
American war tactic that terrorized Vietnamese villagers and turning them against communism
1968; National Liberation Front and North Vietnamese forces launched a huge attack on the Vietnamese New Year (Tet), which was defeated after a month of fighting and many thousands of casualties; major defeat for communism, but Americans reacted sharply, with declining approval of LBJ and more anti-war sentiment
My Lai Massacre
1968, in which American troops had brutally massacred innocent women and children in the village of My Lai, also led to more opposition to the war.
Robert F. Kennedy
The Presidential candidate that was assasinated after he won the California Presidential Primary by Sirhan B Sirhan
1968 Democratic Convention
significant event in presidential election of 1968; demonstrated the confusion and lack of unity among Democrats; outside, protests and police brutality
racist gov. of Alabama in 1962 ("segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever"); runs for pres. In 1968 on American Independent Party ticket of racism and law and order, loses to Nixon; runs in 1972 but gets shot
he was elected to be US President after Johnson decided to not to run for US president again. He promised peace with honor in Vietnam which means withdrawing American soliders from South Vietnam. He also appealed to the "Silent Majority"
in late 1967, this Democratic senator of Minnesota announced that he would run in the election of 1968 as a protest against the war; he was not well known, and had little chance of winning
LBJ's vice president and McCarthy's opposition in 1968 primary after LBJ stepped down. won nomination; not presidency.
Hawks v. Doves
Refers to the polarization of American society in the 1960's, when one side called for intensification of the Vietnam conflict, and another side wanted de-escalation or withdrawal
3 day rock concert in upstate N.Y. August 1969, exemplified the counterculture of the late 1960s, nearly 1/2M gather in a 600 acre field
President Richard Nixons strategy for ending U.S involvement in the vietnam war, involving a gradual withdrawl of American troops and replacement of them with South Vietnamese forces
secret government documents published In 1971; revealed that the u.s. government had misled americans about the vietnam war.
Peace with Honor
A phrase U.S. President Richard M. Nixon used in a speech , to describe the Paris Peace Accord to end the Vietnam War., Nixon's policy of withdrawing from Vietnam, but with honor
Ohio college where an anti-war protest got way out of hand as they protested the US invasion of Cambodia, the Nat'l Guard was called in and killed 3 students (innocent & unarmed,wounded 9) in indiscriminate fire of M-1 rifles
United States psychologist who experimented with psychoactive drugs (including LSD) and became a well-known advocate of their use (1920-1996)
members of the youthful counterculture that dominated many college campuses in the 1960s; rather than promoting a political agenda, they challenged conventional sexual standards, rejected traditional economic values, and encouraged the use of drugs.