Ch 5: U.S. Involvement in Vietnam

About This Chapter

The engaging video lessons in this chapter will help you understand the United States' involvement in Vietnam. You can use the quizzes in each lesson to test your knowledge of the information in the chapter.

U.S. Involvement in Vietnam- Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

This chapter will teach you about the American involvement in Vietnam and how it changed over the years of the Vietnam War. Instructors will describe the differing policies of President Kennedy, President Johnson and President Nixon as well as the different difficulties that they faced in Vietnam during their presidencies. Engaging video lessons provide content in an interesting way, while quizzes help you test your comprehension of the material. The topics included in this lesson are:

  • How President Kennedy developed foreign policy to establish a presence in Southeast Asia
  • What the major turning points of the Vietnam War were in the year 1963
  • The gradual change of President Johnson's strategy in Vietnam and its escalation
  • How President Nixon aimed to withdraw American forces from Vietnam

Video Objective
President Kennedy's Advisors: Shaping Policy During the Vietnam War Assess the policy team President Kennedy formed and how it shaped policy during the Vietnam War.
Enlarging American Involvement in Vietnam Under Kennedy Evaluate President Kennedy's attempt to establish a stronger American presence in Southeast Asia.
Vietnam Turning Points: The Buddhist Crisis, Kennedy Assassination & More Analyze the significant events of 1963 that led to a turning point in the Vietnam War.
Johnson Americanizes the War in Vietnam Dissect President Lyndon B. Johnson's gradual strategy of escalation in Vietnam.
Johnson's Military Strategies for American Success Explain how President Johnson developed military strategies for the conflict with Vietnam.
Vietnamization: Nixon's Plan to Withdraw American Forces Consider how Nixon planned to withdraw from Vietnam and turn the war over to the South Vietnamese.

8 Lessons in Chapter 5: U.S. Involvement in Vietnam
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
President Kennedy's Advisors: Shaping Policy During the Vietnam 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.

Enlarging American Involvement in Vietnam Under Kennedy

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.

Vietnam Turning Points: The Buddhist Crisis, Kennedy Assassination & More

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.

Johnson Americanizes the War in Vietnam

4. 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.

Johnson's Military Strategies for American Success

5. 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.

Primary Source: Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

6. Primary Source: Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

The Gulf of Tonkin Incident drew the United States into the Vietnam War in 1964. President Lyndon Baines Johnson greatly increased American participation by creating a resolution that easily passed through Congress.

Vietnamization: Nixon's Plan to Withdraw American Forces

7. 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.

Required Assignments Reminder

8. Required Assignments Reminder

Sorry for the interruption to your course progress! We wanted to make sure you knew this course has a written assignment requirement in order to be completed. Read on to learn where to find these assignments and how to submit them.

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