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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 and the pursuit of happiness.
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