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Vietnam and the War [electronic resource]

This film provides an overview of Vietnam's early history, French colonization, the Indochina War, and the start of the Vietnam War. During French occupation, Ho Chi Minh started the Viet Minh Independence Movement that grew into an army during WWII. As nationalism evolved into communism, the U.S. feared a Soviet backed takeover of Southeast Asia-known as the Domino Theory-and supported the French against Ho Chi Minh's National Liberation Front during the Indochina War. After Vietnam was partitioned in 1954, they continued to support South Vietnam and the Diem Regime. After JFK's assassination and the Gulf of Tonkin incident, Johnson increased combat troops and ordered Operation Rolling Thunder, drawing America into bloody conflict.
Online
2015
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The TV War [electronic resource]

This film examines Vietnam War events between Kennedy's assassination and Nixon's presidential election. Over half a million troops were deployed, but Ho Chi Minh's strategy was to outlast the American occupation. After early U.S. domination through Operation Thunder, three years of B52 raids, and napalm and Agent Orange drops, the Viet Cong Tet Offensive turned the tide in 1968. Television coverage of the surprise attack and nightly combat footage dashed American hopes of victory and turned public opinion against the war. The Anti-War Movement gained momentum when Mohammed Ali refused to be inducted into the army and Martin Luther King called for unification of the Anti-War and Civil Rights Movements. Nixon promised to withdraw troops but secretly targeted the Ho Chi Minh Trail in C [...]
Online
2015
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Fallout & Recovery [electronic resource]

This film provides an overview of Vietnam War events from the 1968 Paris Peace Talks to the 1975 communist takeover of South Vietnam, including a discussion of economic and political policies during the 1970s and 1980s. In 1972, Nixon ordered the majority of US troops back. In 1974, after Watergate, he resigned. The US embassy was evacuated on April 30th 1975. Southern Vietnamese soldiers and civilians faced a backlash from the North and U.S. veterans faced dishonor and neglect back home. Today, Vietnam is the world's second largest coffee producer, still ruled by a communist government and moving at the pace of China.
Online
2015
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Nixon's Television Address on Vietnam [electronic resource]

Over the past several weeks, you have heard a number of reports...on the situation in Southeast Asia. I think the time has come for me, as president and as commander-in-chief of our armed forces, to put these reports in perspective, to lay all the pertinent facts before you, and to let you judge for yourselves as to the success or failure of our policy. So begins this archival film from 1971 in which President Nixon offers a progress report on his efforts to end United States military involvement in Vietnam, including troop withdrawals, reductions in casualties, and operations in Cambodia and Laos.
Online
2010
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Why Vietnam?, 1965 [electronic resource]

This historical documentary outlines U.S. policy toward Vietnam as stated by President Johnson. Secretary of State Dean Rusk and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara are also featured.
Online
2009
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Vietnam [electronic resource]

A part of the series America in the 20th Century. It was the longest war in America's history and the most divisive in more than a century. This program explores the genesis of America's painful military "quagmire" from the roots of Vietnamese nationalism through a century of French colonial rule to the first Indochina war; it then takes viewers from John F. Kennedy's initial deployment of military advisers through increases and escalations under the Johnson administration to the final, tragic moments of Saigon's fall in the spring of 1975. Correlates to standards from the National Council for the Social Studies.
Online
2009