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Ch 7: The Vietnam War After American Involvement

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Watch online history video lessons to learn about the fall of Saigon, the spread of Communism, the Vietnam syndrome and more. These lessons are available in bite-sized chunks to make learning about the Vietnam War fun and easy.

The Vietnam War After American Involvement - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

In this brief chapter, experienced instructors give you an overview of events occurring in Vietnam shortly after the ceasefire mandated by the Paris Peace Accords and the ensuing withdrawal of U.S. troops. Use the lessons included here to explore the impact of the war on U.S. veterans and their families as well as foreign policy for years to come. You can also assess the effects of the North Vietnamese's victory on surrounding nations. By the time you reach the end of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Explain the aftermath of the Paris Peace Accords
  • Trace events leading to the fall of Saigon
  • Identify communist regimes in Laos and Cambodia
  • Describe effects of the Vietnam war on the U.S.

Video Objectives
The Fall of Saigon During the Vietnam War: Causes and Timeline Examine the North Vietnamese's violation of the Paris Peace Accords. Follow the subsequent invasion of South Vietnam and the fall of Saigon.
Communism Spreads During the Vietnam War: Cambodia and Laos Discuss the genocide committed by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Study the capture of Laos by the Pathet Lao.
Post-War Issues: Aftereffects of the Vietnam War on the U.S. Highlight post-war events, including the case against William Calley, the struggles of soldiers returning to American society and the search for POW's. Outline casualty statistics and explore the birth of the Vietnam syndrome.

6 Lessons in Chapter 7: The Vietnam War After American Involvement
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The Vietnam War After American Involvement: Learning Objectives & Activities

1. The Vietnam War After American Involvement: Learning Objectives & Activities

This chapter will teach you about the end of the Vietnam War as well as about the feelings of Americans following the war. You can use key questions and learning activities to apply your knowledge after watching the lessons.

The Fall of Saigon During the Vietnam War: Causes and Timeline

2. 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.

Communism Spreads During the Vietnam War: Cambodia and Laos

3. 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.

Primary Source: Brent Scowcroft's 'Life Inside Cambodia' Memorandum

4. 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.

Post-War Issues: Aftereffects of the Vietnam War on the U.S.

5. 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.

Primary Source: Brent Scowcroft's 'Escape from South Vietnam' Memorandum

6. 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.

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