This DBQ focuses on America's involvement in Vietnam by asking students to discuss the arguments both for and against the war.
What were the reasons the United States got involved in the war in Vietnam and why did some people believe that war was necessary? In your opinion, was that cause worth the cost? Be sure to evaluate the arguments of both the Hawks and the Doves in your answer.
The following documents are provided to help students craft their answer:
A: Political Cartoon about impact on Johnson's Great Society programs
B: A history professors reflection on the impact of the draft
C: An excerpt from the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
D: Lyrics from "Fixin' to Die Rag" by Country Joe McDonald
E: An excerpt from a speech given by Pres. Nixon
F: A Time magazine article on peace negotiations
G: Picture of a Napalm attack
H: Eyewitness testimony regarding the My Lai Massacre
I: Speech by Pres. Johnson on containment
This assignment can easily be used with either an AP United States history class or a regular level U.S. history class with minor modification.