Ho Chi Minh
leader of the Communist Party in Indochina after WWII; led Vietnamese against the French, then North Vietnamese against the United States in the Vietnam War
Leader of South Vietnam, 1954-1963; supported by United States, but not by Vietnamese Buddhist majority; assassinated in 1963
Belief that if one country fell to communism, neighboring countries would likewise fall
Gulf of Tonkin
1964 Congressional resolution authorizing President Johnson to take military action in Vietnam
My Lai massacre
Happened in a small village in South Vietnam thought to be sheltering Viet Cong was raided by American troops
tell about the My Lai massacre
The soldiers only found women, children, old men. The US soldiers killed more than 400 villagers in the massacre until Pilot Hugh Thompson stopped them.
Highly flammable chemical dropped from US planes in firebombing attacks during the Vietnam War.
June 1971 the New York Times began publishing articles based on a classified government study of American involvement in the Vietnam War.
What surfaced from the Pentagon Papers?
The government officials had lied to congress and made secret deals with the French and been fighting a secret war against the North Vietnamese since 1960s.
Special session of lecture and discussion on a controversial topic that often occurred during the Vietnam War era
outcome of the Vietnam war
April 29, 1975 airlift of 1,000 Americans and 6,000 Vietnamese US stopped fighting in 1973 April 30, 1975 North Vietnam takes complete control.
Term used by President Nixon to describe Americans who disapproved of the counterculture.
Public reaction to MLK assassination
Rioting, setting fires, and looting in 124 cities 45 people died in the violence