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An Overview of the Vietnam War
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Vietnam History & Culture
Vietnam History & Culture
A short overview of Vietnam's rice culture & history of nationalism, French colonial rule, and WWII.
 
1945-1955
1945-1955
This section covers the post-war era, including the return of French colonialism, the First Indochina War between the Viet Minh and France, the disaster at Dien Bien Phu, the Geneva Accords, and the decision by President Eisenhower to support Ngo Dinh Diem's Republic of Vietnam with military advisors.
 
1955-1963
1955-1963
President Kennedy escalated the U.S. presence in Vietnam and embarked on a failed campaign to win over the hearts and minds of the rural peasant population. Meanwhile, Diem's corruption and oppression brought him into conflict with Vietnam's Buddhists, and ultimately led to his downfall. This section ends with the deaths of Diem and Kennedy in the fall of 1963.
 
1964-1968
1964-1968
Upon taking office following Kennedy's death, President Johnson made the fateful decision to escalate the war in Vietnam. This section covers the years of escalation, from the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964 through the 1968 election.
 
1969-1975
1969-1975
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Combat in Vietnam
Combat in Vietnam
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The Anti-War Movement
The Anti-War Movement
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Media Coverage of the War
Media Coverage of the War
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G.I. Entertainment
G.I. Entertainment
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Aftermath
The War's Aftermath
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Last modified July 18, 2012