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- Who were some of President Kennedy's chief advisors?
- How did President Kennedy's advisors influence his policy towards Vietnam?
- What were the strategic policy changes that increased American engagement in Vietnam?
- How did the Buddhist Crisis and assassination of President Diem affect the war?
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. JFK's New Frontier: Definition, Speech & Program
John F. Kennedy's presidential nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in 1960 laid out his 'New Frontier' policy. Learn about the speech and the programs, and check your understanding with a quiz.
5. John F. Kennedy: Biography, Facts & Quotes
John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States. Learn about Kennedy's life and presidency, as well as facts and quotes about him. Conclude your exploration with a short quiz to see what you learned.
6. Biography of Robert McNamara
Robert McNamara served as the head of Ford Motors and president of World Bank. He is best known for his role in the Vietnam War as the Secretary of Defense under Kennedy and Johnson.
7. Robert McNamara & the Vietnam War
As Secretary of Defense during the escalation of the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara shaped the War's trajectory significantly. Learn about McNamara's role in Vietnam and test yourself with a quiz.
8. Robert McNamara & the Cuban Missile Crisis
President John F. Kennedy's Defense Secretary, Robert McNamara, played a key role in confronting the Cuban Missile Crisis. Learn about the crisis and the ways in which McNamara shaped America's response.
9. The Warren Commission: Report & Findings
In November of 1963, the United States was devastated by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This lesson explores the background, report, and findings of the Warren Commission, whose job it was to investigate the murders of both Kennedy and his assassin.
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Other chapters within the The Vietnam War: Help and Review course
- Roots of the Vietnam War: Help and Review
- Unrest in Vietnam During the Eisenhower Years: Help and Review
- Lyndon B. Johnson and the Vietnam War: Help and Review
- Vietnam War During the Nixon Years: Help and Review
- Major Battles & Offensives of the Vietnam War: Help & Review
- The Vietnam War After American Involvement: Help and Review