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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- Why did Saigon fall to the North Vietnamese after the Paris Peace Accords?
- What genocidal atrocities were committed by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia?
- Why did Laos fall to the communist Pathet Lao?
- Who was William Calley, and why was he prosecuted?
- How did Vietnam veterans adjust to post-war life in America?
- What was the lasting influence of the Vietnam War on U.S. foreign policy?
1. 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.
2. Communism Spreads During the Vietnam War: Cambodia and Laos
The fall of Cambodia and Laos in 1975 marked the end of the struggle to contain communism in Southeast Asia. Learn about the two nations, including their leaders, struggles and postwar actions, in this lesson.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Vietcong: Definition & Tactics
In this lesson, you will learn about the resistance fighters known as the Vietcong, and explore the role that they played in the Vietnam War and the reunification of North and South Vietnam.
6. Primary Source: Brent Scowcroft's 'Life Inside Cambodia' Memorandum
This lesson provides a transcript of Brent Scowcroft's 'Life Inside Cambodia' memorandum that describes life under the Khmer Rouge, the Cambodian communist dictatorship that stemmed from the Vietnam War. The memo's historical context and significance will also be detailed.
7. Primary Source: Brent Scowcroft's 'Escape from South Vietnam' Memorandum
Brent Scowcroft was President Gerald Ford's national security advisor. He sent the president a number of documents relating to the aftermath of American involvement in Vietnam during the late 1970s.
8. Primary Source: New York Times' Article on Tribute to Vietnam Dead
In 1982, the Vietnam War, and the times of extreme social turbulence that it helped catalyze, remained within living memory. In March, construction ended on a Washington, D.C., war memorial that simply listed the names of the dead.
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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
- John F Kennedy and the Vietnam War: 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