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Vietnam and Nixon Era 1) Longest and most costly war in American History a) $140 billion b) 58,000 dead c) Fracture American views of our role in the world 2) 1945: Vietnam declares its independence after 100 years of occupation by Chinese, Japanese, and French 3) 1953: the parties in the Korean conflict agree to a truce that reinstates the 38 th parallel as the dividing line between North and South Korea 4) Geneva Conference of 1954 a) Make Laos and Cambodia independent countries b) Temporarily divide Vietnam at the 17 th parallel c) Guarantee that North and South Vietnam would hold free elections in 1956 to reunite both countries under a single government 5) 1956: United States prevents free elections from taking place in Vietnam for fear that the wildly popular (and communist) Ho Chi Minh would win 6) Ngo Dinh Diem : Roman Catholic and anti-communist dictator of South Vietnam; called “the George Washington of Asia” by LBJ 7) 1964: Congress begins to debate United States involvement in Vietnam after North
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