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STAAR US History: The Vietnam War - Chapter Summary
These lessons are short videos that discuss key events of the Vietnam War. The purpose is to help you be able to answer related questions when you take the STAAR US History test. These lessons will strengthen your ability to answer test questions about the following topics:
- Causes of the Vietnam War
- The domino theory
- The TET offensive
- Nixon's plan to withdraw American forces
- Fall of Saigon
- American dissent and opposition to the war
- Post-war issues
Our instructors keep the video run times at less than 10 minutes. Since lessons are available on mobile devices, the short lesson lengths make it easy to progress on your studies whenever you have a little time, from wherever you are. We provide a self-assessment quiz for you to take at the end of each lesson and there is an end of chapter test so you know how you are doing each step of the way.
1. The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects
The Vietnam War was the longest and most polarizing conflict in the history of the United States. Learn about the causes of the war as well as its effects on the United States.
2. The Domino Theory & the Vietnam War: Definition & Eisenhower's Speech
How did the United States come to be involved in a nearly twenty-year long conflict in Southeast Asia, with a nation most Americans knew nothing about? The extensive American military and diplomatic entanglement in Vietnam was justified, to a large extent, by the 'domino theory,' a principle laid out by Dwight Eisenhower in 1954.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
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Other chapters within the STAAR U.S. History: Test Prep & Practice course
- STAAR US History: Independence & the Founding Fathers
- STAAR US History: Historical Eras & Significant Events (1877 to Present)
- STAAR US History: Political, Economic & Social Change (1877-1898)
- STAAR US History: United States as a World Power (1898-1920)
- STAAR US History: World War I
- STAAR US History: Early 20th Century Reform & Third-Party Movements
- STAAR US History: Individuals & Social Change During the 1920s
- STAAR US History: World War II
- STAAR US History: Cold War & the United States
- STAAR US History: The Civil Rights Movement
- STAAR US History: Civil Rights Legislation
- STAAR US History: Role of US in the World (1970-1990)
- STAAR US History: Ronald Reagan & the Rise of Conservatism
- STAAR US History: Foreign Policy & the Gulf War
- STAAR US History: Geographic Factors & Events
- STAAR US History: Migration, Immigration & American Society
- STAAR US History: Population Growth & Environmental Concerns
- STAAR US History: Arts & Culture
- STAAR US History: People Contributing to National Identity
- STAAR US History: Changing Role of the Government
- STAAR US History: Domestic & Global Accountability in Government
- STAAR US History: Government Branches & Checks & Balances
- STAAR US History: Landmark Supreme Court Cases
- STAAR US History: Core Values & the Democratic Process
- STAAR US History: Major Amendments to the US Constitution
- STAAR US History: Civic Participation & Leadership
- STAAR US History: Legislation & Economic Growth (1870-1920)
- STAAR US History: Economic Development Between WWI & WWII
- STAAR US History: Economic Effects of World War II & the Cold War
- STAAR US History: Economic Interdependence in the 21st Century
- STAAR US History: Impact of Science & Technology on Economic Development
- STAAR US History: Research & Analyzing Information
- STAAR US History: Critical Thinking & Writing
- About the STARR Tests
- STAAR U.S. History Flashcards