Paper 1-Vietnam Views in America

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Saving Face in Vietnam Parker R . Watson September 21 , 2007 History 140 007 Asiya Alam In writing this paper , I have abided by the Honor Code at UNC-Chapel Hill. Signature: _________________________________________
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Watson 2 Parker Watson Miles Fletcher HIST 140 007 September 21 , 2007 Saving Face in Vietnam The Vietnam War is one that caused much political unrest amongst not only the government officials of the time , but also of the civilian citizens on the United States of America . Also known as the Second Indochinese War , the Vietnam War began in 1959 and lasted until the last American troops were brought home from the foreign country on April 30 , 1975. On this date , the capitol of South Vietnam, Saigon, fell to North Vietnam’s communist forces , reunifying the northern and southern territories of the country . Throughout the war , Americans were more opinionated and outspoken about the conflict than any previous confrontation . Citizens had greater access to uncensored information by way of extensive media , especially television, coverage. Never before had the country seen such graphic and realistic footage of a war broadcasted to the masses . People across the country , especially young adults and college students, became part of an unprecedented activism . This general knowledge and awareness of the war gave the American people a common consensus: the Vietnam War was not a war on a people; it was a war on an ideology . Similarly to the present war in Iraq that is the “War on Terrorism ,” the war in Vietnam was the “War on Communism.” Though the reason for continuing to occupy Vietnam as the war progressed changed , the fact that the United
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Watson 3 States of America entered the war because government officials were afraid of the spread of communism remains . This ‘threat’ is commonly referred to as the Domino Effect . Many people believed that if South Vietnam were to fall to communist rule
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course HIST 140 taught by Professor Reid during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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