The Vietnam War changed America forever. Lasting 18 years, it was the longest war ever fought in the history of American wars. The war had also affected the lives of the American people. This was the first war that showed the disasters of the battlefield on television. This was the war that had etched permanent memories onto the minds of the people of the United States.
How accurate is it to say that Eisenhower and Kennedy must share responsibility for the escalation of US involvement in south-east Asia in the years 1954-63? Throughout their history the Vietnamese people suffered foreign interference and conquest. This began with the early French interest in the 17th century and by the late 19th century France had conquered Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, which were collectively known as French Indo-China. This French capture was highly supported by the US government. Harry Truman is an important figure in relation to Vietnam as it was him who made the decision to oppose communism throughout the world.
Many people ask the question, “Why did the U.S. even care about the Vietnam conflict, let alone fight a war there?” One Reason for U.S. involvement in the Vietnam conflict was that the U.S. feared the Domino Theory. The Domino Theory is where if one state falls to communism, then all the other states around it will fall into communism too. Because the U.S. feared this, they responded with containment. Containment means to keep communism from spreading to other countries. Another reason for U.S. involvement is imperialism, which was left over from WWI and WWII.
The Vietnam War is just another event or period of time in American history, or so some think. Wars affect both the people on the battlefield and the society at home. This era of the Vietnam war was no different. The war in Vietnam began in 1957 and ended in 1975. The communist government of the North wished the United States to stop their support of the South Vietnam efforts against communism.
There were many different wars throughout the history and the United States has been involved in many different wars with different objectives and results. During the second half of the twentieth century, when Vietnam War happened, U.S. was involved in effort to stop communism from spreading as it did when Korean War started. The United States was part of the United Nations, and when North Koreans attacked the South Koreans threatening to take over south so they can be under the same law of communism, the United Nation as a whole decided to send military aid to South Korea, and of which the United States supplied a large portion. The South Korea was able to win against the North Korea with the help from the United States and United Nations.
Beginning in the 1950s, maintaining a non-Communist South Vietnam became crucial in American efforts to contain communism. What was the nation's justification for its actions in South Vietnam in the 1950s and its determination to abide by the outcome of free elections there only if those elections yielded a non-Communist leader? For a long time the United States were in fear of the threat of communism stemming from a direct attack and the aspect of the Cold War, played a vital role in the fears. In the beginning the Vietnam War was first thought to be just another Cold War between northern and southern Vietnam. While the United States was nervous of Communism consuming the entire globe.
Vietnam War The Vietnam War was the longest war fought in America’s history. It lasted from 1955 to 1973. It tarnished Americas image of itself by becoming the first time in history the United States failed to accomplish what it set out to do; preserve a separate, independent, non-communist government. The American people were changed by this War as well. It was the first war ever to be broadcast on television, Americans were able to witness exactly what the soldiers were experiencing.. A major affect of the war was the division it caused among US citizens.
The USA and their involvement in Vietnam. The USA used money to control the spread of communism into Vietnam after French forces were struggling in Vietnam and France had just been involved with the Second World War so they were struggling so to stop Vietnam turning communist, they give France $500 million dollars a year to help them with the war effort. This was so that Vietnam didn’t turn communist like many of the surrounding countries. If this had happened then America would have been in a very difficult position. Americas politics, America used Diem as a way to stop to spread of communism in Vietnam, they supported him in becoming Vietnams first president and to set up an Anti-Communist government at the same time, this was another way for the us government to stop the spread of communism the American government also stopped a Vietnam vote for either capitalism of communism America when to extreme measures to stop this from happening.
The Vietnam War or Vietnam conflict to some was perhaps one of the most intriguing conflicts in the history of modern America. Some suggest it was justified in stopping the spread of communism, while others feel that it was a waste of American lives that encourage an age of civil rebellion. To first understand the war one must first understand, the history leading up to the conflict. Prior to Americas involvement in the war in 1960 the French occupied what was then called indo-china up until 1954. In 1950 communist nations such as china recognized the Vietminh state, which in turn gave support to the viet-cong.
Shanitra Fulks 09/21/2013 Everest University College 20th Century American History – 5 The war of the Vietnam was fought in the years 1960 to the year of 1975. The war began as a determined effort by Communist guerrillas, which is so called the Vietcong, within the South, and by CommunistNorthVietnam, to defect or down fall, the government of South Vietnam, which the confusion extended into a war among North and South Vietnam and eventually it ended up too being a defined international conflict. The US and like 40 other countries gave support to the South Vietnam by giving troops and munitions, and the people’s Republic of China followed by the USSR supplied munitions to the Vietcong as well as the North Vietnam ("The impact of," 2013).