The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War
The Vietnam War
The Vietnam War
The Vietnam War
The Vietnam War
The Vietnam War
The Vietnam War
The Vietnam War
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This is a 37 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on The Vietnam War. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.

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.

The presentation covers the following:

Pre U.S. Involvement
End of French Rule
Formidable Adversary
“Domino Theory”
Vietnam Divided
U. S. Involvement
Initial Broad Support
Not Newsworthy at First
The Elusive Enemy
Television Coverage
Years of Escalation: 1965-68
Poor Leadership in the South
Johnson’s “Blank Check”
Operation Rolling Thunder
Agent Orange & Napalm
Ground Troops
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
Peace Argument
The Draft
Draft Deferments
Antiwar Demonstrations
Growing Protests
What Next?
War's End
End of Presentation

This is one of several power point presentations that I offer on ...Foreign Policy and Vietnam.
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