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Ho Chi Minh

A world wandereer and a man of many names. Means "He Who Enlightens.", Vietnamese communist statesman who fought the Japanese in World War 2 and the French until 1954 and South vietnam until 1975 (1890-1969)

Ngo Dinh Diem

A former Government official under the French., South Vietnam non-Communist leader

Domino Theory

You have a row of dominoes set up. You knock over the first one, and what will happen to the last one is certainty that it will go over very quickly.


In 1960 the southern Vietnam formed the National Liberation Front. It's main goal was to overthrow of Diem's Government.

Tonkin Gulf Resolution

This gave the president authority to take "all neccessary measures to repel any armed attack against forces of the United States.''

Ho Chih Minh Trail

A network of jungle paths. The North Vietnamse used the Ho Chih Minh Trail to bring weapons and supplies into South Vietnam.

Students for Democratic Society

A cariety of civil rights, pacifist,religious, and students groups that shaped the antiwar movement.


those who supported the war


those who opposed the war

Credibility Gap

The gap between the Johnson Administration and the American public support

Dien Bien Phu

the French military base fell after a 56-day siege by Vietnam troops

General Westmoreland

the commander of u.s. forces in Vietnam

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