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- Find the lesson within this chapter that corresponds to what you're studying in The Vietnam Era chapter of your textbook.
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You'll learn all of the history topics covered in the textbook chapter, including:
- Unrest in Indochina during 1900-1945
- Ho Chi Minh and the emergence of the Viet Minh
- U.S. involvement in Indochina
- First Indochina War and the Geneva Conference
- U.S. involvement in Vietnam under Kennedy
- The Buddhist Crisis and other Vietnam turning points
- American response to the Gulf of Tonkin Crisis
- Americanization of the Vietnam War
- Johnson's Vietnam military strategies and Nixon's Vietnamization plan
- Ideologies of the People's Army of Vietnam and National Liberation Front
- Significance of the Tet Offensive
- American antiwar movement and dissent
- Impact of the My Lai Massacre
- Causes of the Fall of Saigon
- Effects of the Vietnam War on Americans
- Watergate scandal and Nixon's resignation
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1. Indochina from 1900 to 1945: Culture, Government & Unrest
The history of the Vietnam War begins with understanding the events in Indochina prior to the end of 1945. In this lesson, you will learn about Indochina's culture, foreign rule and internal opposition to foreigners prior to the American arrival in Vietnam.
2. Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh
Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh attempted to usher in Vietnamese independence while eliminating foreign influence. Learn more about Ho, the Viet Minh and the crusade for a free Vietnam.
3. Roosevelt & Truman: Beginning American Involvement in Indochina
The question over the future of Indochina led to discussion, action and conflict. Learn about President Roosevelt's plan, the nationalist crusade, President Truman's reaction and the impending war in this video lesson.
4. First Indochina War: Battle of Dien Bien Phu & the Geneva Conference
Conflict between the French and Viet Minh led to the First Indochina War. In this lesson, you will learn about the causes of the war, the important battles and the final resolution, which led to increased American intervention in Southeast Asia.
5. Enlarging American Involvement in Vietnam Under Kennedy
Between 1961 and 1962, President John F. Kennedy sought to establish an American presence in Southeast Asia. Learn about Kennedy's strategy, which included an increase of American advisors and resources in Vietnam, in this lesson.
6. President Kennedy's Advisors: Shaping Policy During the Vietnam War
President John F. Kennedy sought to establish a prolific foreign policy team consisting of the nation's most acclaimed individuals. Learn about these advisors and their impact on shaping policy in the Vietnam War.
7. Vietnam Turning Points: The Buddhist Crisis, Kennedy Assassination & More
The year 1963 represented an important turning point for the United States in the Vietnam War. Learn about events such as the Battle of Ap Bac, the Buddhist Crisis and the assassination of Ngo Dinh Diem in this video lesson.
8. Gulf of Tonkin Crisis and Resolution: Events and Congressional Response
The Gulf of Tonkin Crisis brought the United States closer to war with North Vietnam. Learn about the event, the United States' response and its impact on broadening the Vietnam War in this lesson.
9. Johnson Americanizes the War in Vietnam
The path toward the full Americanization of the Vietnam War was a gradual process. Learn about President Lyndon B. Johnson's initial strategy, his response to North Vietnam and his decision for escalation in this video lesson.
10. Johnson's Military Strategies for American Success
From 1965 to 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson was forced to develop military strategies for ensuring success for the United States in the Vietnam War. Learn about how Johnson expected to defeat North Vietnam in this lesson.
11. People's Army of Vietnam and the National Liberation Front
The People's Army of Vietnam and the National Liberation Front represented North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. This lesson will focus on the overall ideology, the respective operations of the groups and the tactics employed against the United States.
12. The Tet Offensive: The First Major Offensive from North Vietnam
The Tet Offensive marked the first major conventional invasion by North Vietnam on South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Learn more about the invasion, including the planning, execution and outcome of the offensive.
13. Opposition to the Vietnam War, 1965-1968
The antiwar movement from 1965 to 1968 was the first wave of American dissent against the Vietnam War. Learn about the movement, including its leadership, organizations, and impact on President Lyndon B. Johnson in this lesson.
14. American Dissent During the Vietnam War
This lesson looks at the anti-war protests that gripped the United States during the Vietnam War. Learn about the student activism and congressional amendments that attempted to stop the conflict.
15. Vietnamization: Nixon's Plan to Withdraw American Forces
When Nixon was elected President, he faced a difficult decision concerning Vietnam. In this lesson, learn about President Nixon's strategy to turn the war over to the South Vietnamese and gradually withdraw American forces.
16. The My Lai Massacre: Causes and Significance
The My Lai Massacre was a deviation from the normal military campaigns of the United States in the Vietnam War. Learn about the atrocity including its background, the events and its importance within the war in this lesson.
17. The Fall of Saigon During the Vietnam War: Causes and Timeline
On April 30, 1975, the Fall of Saigon occurred in South Vietnam, marking the end of the Vietnam War. Learn about the lead-up to the event, its occurrence and the aftermath for the United States and Southeast Asia in this lesson.
18. Post-War Issues: Aftereffects of the Vietnam War on the U.S.
The defeat of the United States in the Vietnam War gripped the nation in the decades that followed. Learn more about the post-war years, including policy, veteran affairs and the American psyche, in this lesson.
19. The Watergate Scandal & President Nixon: Investigation & Resignation
The Watergate Scandal represented President Richard Nixon's wanton abuse of the executive privilege. Learn more about the scandal, those involved, the investigation and Nixon's inevitable resignation.
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- Chapter 1: Roots of the American People (Prehistory-1500)
- Chapter 2: Europe Looks Outward (1000-1720)
- Chapter 3: Colonies Take Root (1587-1752)
- Chapter 4: Life in the Colonies (1650-1750)
- Chapter 5: The Road to Revolution (1745-1776)
- Chapter 6: The American Revolution (1776-1783)
- Chapter 7: Creating the Constitution (1776-1790)
- Chapter 8: Launching a New Nation (1789-1800)
- Chapter 9: The Era of Thomas Jefferson (1800-1815)
- Chapter 10: A Changing Nation (1815-1840)
- Chapter 11: North and South Take Different Paths (1800-1845)
- Chapter 12: An Age of Reform (1820-1860)
- Chapter 13: Westward Expansion (1820-1860)
- Chapter 14: The Nation Divided (1846-1861)
- Chapter 15: The Civil War (1861-1865)
- Chapter 16: Reconstruction and the New South (1863-1896)
- Chapter 17: The West Transformed (1860-1896)
- Chapter 18: Industry and Urban Growth (1865-1915)
- Chapter 19: Political Reform and the Progressive Era (1870-1920)
- Chapter 20: The United States Looks Overseas (1853-1915)
- Chapter 21: World War I (1914-1919)
- Chapter 22: The Roaring Twenties (1919-1929)
- Chapter 23: The Great Depression and the New Deal (1929-1941)
- Chapter 24: The World War II Era (1935-1945)
- Chapter 25: The United States in the Cold War (1945-1963)
- Chapter 26: The Civil Rights Era (1945-1975)
- Chapter 28: New Directions for a Nation (1977-2000)
- Chapter 29: Challenges for a New Century (1980-Present)