Important Facts about the Vietnam War. Good Notes for a test on the Vietnam War.

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Know the difference between Hawks and Doves

Hawks - Pro war

Doves - Against war

How many where killed in Vietnam?

Approx. 50,000 American Soldiers where killed.

Which president drastically escalated our involvement in Vietnam?

President Johnson

What were the results that came out of the Geneva Agreement of 1954?

After nine years of bitter war the French finally pulled out of Indo China, dividing the former colonies into independent states with the Geneva Agreement of 1954. Under its terms, Laos and Cambodia were made into separate free countries, and Vietnam was partitioned into North and South via the 17th Parallel.

What nation occupied Vietnam before U.S Involvement began?


What is the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, and who made it?

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was a joint resolution passed overwhelmingly by congress on August 7, 1964. It became the basis for Johnson's escalation of the war in Southeast Asia.

A 1968 U.S Senate investigation the alleged Gulf of Tonkin attacks, and the resolution was repealed in May 1970.

Know the percentage of people who supported the war in contrast to those who opposed it.

What was the Domino Theory?

The theory that a political event in one country will cause similar events in neighboring countries, like a falling domino causing an entire row of upended dominoes to fall.

Propaganda - the systematic dissemination of a given doctrine or of allegations reflecting its views.

Diplomatic - Characterized by tact and sensitivity in dealing with people especially fro another country.

Subversion - To undermine the character, morals, or allegiance of; to corrupt (the competition between the soviets and U.S for oil and spheres of influence "may be a good example of this.


1)Leaders must be truthful (both with themselves and citizens)

2)We must study and appreciate the histories...