9 - The Vietnam War - November 10

9 - The Vietnam War - November 10 - The Vietnam War Lasting...

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The Vietnam War
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Lasting legacies America’s longest war 2.5 million Americans fought 58,000 Americans died Cost in U.S. dollars— 150 billion National conflict, disharmony, cynicism 1.5 Vietnamese killed; 10 million refugees; economy destroyed Failure for the U.S.
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Why did we fail? The “win” argument— war was winnable, but U.S. lost will to fight Vs. Vietnam was never winnable—Vietnam required political, not military solution
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Anti-French War of Resistance 1945-1954 French colony, Indochina 19 th c.- WWII
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Japan occupy Vietnam during WWII 1945: Vietminh declare Democratic Republic of Vietnam, centered in the North Indigenous, nationalist movement Ho Chi Minh, first president, a communist French install Bao Dai in the South
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Vietnamese Declaration of Independence We hold truths that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, among these are Life, Liberty
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