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140Vietnam - STUDY GUIDE"THE VIET NAM WAR Using this study...

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S TUDY G UIDE : “T HE V IET N AM W AR Using this study guide The following document has all of the terms, quotes, lists, and ideas contained in the most recent powerpoint presentation (note: I change these frequently so some variations may exist). As a result, you should not feel that you need to copy any of this information while in class. The following questions are addressed in this section of the lecture. You should be able to answer these questions by the end of this section. If you can’t, see me during my office hours or talk with your seminar leader: Questions Addressed in the Lectures that will help you to prepare for the exam: Is JFK a Hawk or Dove towards the Cold War? Is there plausible evidence that he intended to end our involvement in the Cold War? If there was not a shooting war in Viet Nam, would the US have ended up in such a conflict somewhere else? Evidence? Why is Viet Nam America’ s longest war? Why does it become our war? Why could good people come to such completely different views on such a single issue? Why does the war at home become more destructive to the U.S. that the war in S.E. Asia? How does LBJ and then Nixon respond to the conflict? Sample Exam Questions from Previous Exams: What does Viet Nam mean to the United States? Be sure to use specific terms for specific people in this country. Why is there such disagreement over Viet Nam in the United States? In your opinion, are we beyond the Viet Nam Syndrome? Why or why not? In class, I argued that 1968 was a turning point in modern American history. (a) Focusing on events that led up to 1968 , describe why this was so. Be sure to indicate the social, political, economic, and international pressures that affected the United States from 1945 to 1968. (b) What event(s) led to the crisis in confidence experienced by most Americans by 1968? How did these effectively undermine the belief, at that time, that the US was a unified country with sound international principles? Selected Terms: Ho Chi Minh Diem Bien Phu 1954 Geneva Peace Accords 1
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