This is bundle of 2 presentations on the Vietnam War and the My Lai Massacre. The total number of slides is 51. Each of the slides are editable and can be modified to adjust to your presentation, if needed.
Power point presentation #1 is entitled The Viet Nam War and contains 37 slides.
While Americans were girding to fight the Civil War in 1860, the French were beginning a century-long imperial involvement in Indochina. The lands now known as Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia comprised Indochina. The riches to be harvested in these lands proved economically enticing to the French.
After World War I, a nationalist movement formed in Vietnam led by Ho Chi Minh. Ho was educated in the West, where he became a disciple of Marxist thought. Ho resented and resisted the French. France was determined to reclaim all its lost territories after World War II. When the Japanese invaded Vietnam during World War II, they displaced French rule. Ho formed a liberation movement known as the Viet Minh.
Using guerrilla warfare, the Viet Minh battled the Japanese and held many key cities by 1945. Paraphrasing the Declaration of Independence, Ho proclaimed the new nation of Vietnam — a new nation Western powers refused to recognize. The United States now faced an interesting dilemma. American tradition dictated sympathy for the revolutionaries over any colonial power. However, supporting the Marxist Viet Minh was unthinkable, given the new strategy of containing communism.
Promises and commitments to the people and government of South Vietnam to keep communist forces from overtaking them reached back into the Truman Administration. Eisenhower placed military advisers and CIA operatives in Vietnam, and John F. Kennedy sent American soldiers to Vietnam. Lyndon Johnson ordered the first real combat by American troops, and Richard Nixon concluded the war.
Despite the decades of resolve, billions and billions of dollars, nearly 60,000 American lives and many more injuries, the United States failed to achieve its objectives. President Nixon signed a ceasefire in January 1973 that formally ended the hostilities. In 1975, communist forces from the north overran the south and unified the nation. Neighboring Cambodia and Laos also became communist dictatorships. At home, returning Vietnamese veterans found readjustment and even acceptance difficult. The scars of Vietnam would not heal quickly for the United States.
The legacy of bitterness divided the American citizenry and influenced foreign policy into the 21st century.
Pre U.S. Involvement
End of French Rule
U. S. Involvement
Initial Broad Support
Not Newsworthy at First
The Elusive Enemy
Years of Escalation: 1965-68
Poor Leadership in the South
Johnson’s “Blank Check”
Operation Rolling Thunder
Agent Orange & Napalm
Search & Destroy Missions
Rising Body Count
The Tet Offensive
Opposition to the War
War Was Not Almost Over
Sagging Troop Morale
More Troops Denied
War Weary America
The Anti War Movement
The Peace Movement
End of Presentation
Power point presentation #2 is entitled The Viet Nam War – The My Lai Massacre and contains 14 slides.
So horrific was the My Lai Massacre and the gunning down of women, children, and the elderly, that the act was labeled by many as an atrocity. It was committed by U.S. Army soldiers from the Company C of the 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Brigade of the 23rd Infantry Division.
The massacre involved the killing of between 347 and 504 unarmed civilians in South Vietnam on March 16, 1968. Victims included men, women, children, and infants. Some of the women were gang-raped and their bodies mutilated. Initial investigations of the incident report stated that 20 civilians had been accidentally killed, but that 128 Vietcong also were killed.
A full year after the slaughter, soldier Ron Ridenhour wrote letters to President Nixon and 29 other officials, most of whom ignored his exposé. Representative Morris Udall did not. Lt. Calley was charged with several counts of premeditated murder, and 25 men were charged with related crimes. 2 months later, the information finally reached the American public.
Calley was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, but 2 days later, President Nixon released him and sent him to Fort Benning, GA, where he spent 3.5 years under house arrest. A federal judge then ordered him freed. Calley's conviction was the only one of the 26 men who had faced charges.
Calley Found Guilty
Vietnam War Background
U. S. Enters Conflict
The Attack Begins
End of Presentation
This is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading... Foreign Policy & Vietnam.