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Unformatted text preview: Wexler 1 Joshua Wexler Mr. Kaempher U.S. AP History G 24 th May 2009 1968 1968 was a very important and eventful year in the history of the United States. Robert F. Kennedy announced his Presidential campaign, the Gold Standard was repealed, and Martin Luther King Jr. was shot dead among other things. However, the event which had the biggest impact on 1968 was the Tet Offensive. At the beginning of the Vietnam War, it was widely believed that America was going to and could easily win. However, on January 30 th , 1968, everything changed when the Tet Offensive began. More than 80,0000 Vietcong attacked over 100 towns and cities in South Vietnam, including the nations capital, Saigon. The initial attacks caught the allied forces by surprise and stunned them, but the allies quickly gained their composure and were able to beat back the Vietcong on most fronts in under a week. While the Tet Offensive as a military failure for the Vietcong, as they gained little ground and lost thousands of troops, they succeeded on a...
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