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The Vietnam War 1 The Vietnam War William Edwards HIS/135 Lou La Grande
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The Vietnam War 2 The Vietnam War is the longest lasting war in American history. It began in 1955 and ended in 1975 (20 years). Communism is the main reason that America became involved in the Vietnam War. America feared communism and communist, and had a great fear that if the Communist of Southeast Asia took over they would spread communism and thus create a sort of domino effect all over the world and communism would spread like wild fire. With America sending military and financial aid to South Vietnam they were effectively trying to stop the take over from North Vietnam. North Vietnam was run by Ho Chi Minh a known communist leader. There was a scheduled vote in 1955 that would effectively unite both North and South Vietnam and the fear was that the election would be won by Ho Chi Minh so the leader of North Vietnam Ngo Dinh Diem wouldn’t have the election to unite the countries. With the support of America being given to South Vietnam and their refusal to cooperate with the unification process the war commenced between the two countries. For 10 years the war went on before America decided to send troops. According to History Learning Site (2011) “In August 1964, the Tongking Incident
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