The Vietnam Era2

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The Vietnam Era:

The Vietnam Era Liisi Voll, Nele Läll

U.S.A. gets involved:

U.S.A. gets involved Cold War West trying to stop communism from spreading in the world Eisenhowers Domino effect theory

Cuba crisis:

Cuba crisis 1962 Soviet Union’s nuclear launch sites in Cuba US blockade of Cuba Agreement: Soviets remove nukes and launch sites from Cuba, USA from Turkey

The Vietnam War:

The Vietnam War 1964-1973 South Vietnam’s government (supported by the USA) vs. South Vietnam’s communists/The Vietcong (supported by North-Korea and the Soviet Union) Ho Chi Minh wanted to unite Vietnam by war January 17, 1973 – Peace Treaty signed The US army leaves in 1973 1975 – North attacks South The whole Vietnam (+ Cambodia, Laos) communistic

Ho Chi Minh:

Ho Chi Minh Vietnamese communist revolutionary leader and president of North Vietnam , who formed Vietminh, a communist organisations,which played a large role in the war. Influenced by Lenin.

The Vietnam War:

The Vietnam War By 1968 over 500,00 American soldiers were fighting in South Vietnam Ordinary villagers helped and protected the Vietcong Sudden attacks, deadly chemicals, burning down villages, Vietnam bombing Documented – Americans cruel Vietnamization 58,220 casualties 303,644 wounded

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial


Reaction A fight between young and old over the Vietnam War Doves vs. Hawks Counterculture – a movement that rejected traditional values Anti-war movements Daft-card burning 4 May 1970 – 4 Kent State College students shot to death -> more protests National Student Strike April 24 1971 – over 500,000 marched 1968 – the turning point


Movements The Civil Rights Movement Martin Luther King Jr March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom misrepresentation of women Black Power The Women’s Movement Second-wave feminism Feminist Sex Wars Anti-pornography feminists vs. Pro-sex feminists

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Sexual revolution A cceptance of sex outside of heterosexual, monogamous relationships Birth control Public nudity P remarital sex Abortion Pornography Explict sex on screen


Hippies Movement in 1960's in North America and western Europe Drug abuse Love and peace

Hippies 2:

Hippies 2 Woodstock festival Riots and marches against the war


Music Many music artists were affected by the Vietnam war and wrote various anti-war and protest songs. Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix


Presidents John F. Kennedy 1961-1963 Peace Corp Assassinated Lyndon B. Johnson 1963-1969 Maximum number of soldiers to Vietnam Richard Nixon 1969-1974 Vietnamization Economic problems “Watergate Scandal” Secrets kept from the public

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Gerald Ford 1974-1977 Jimmy Carter 1977-1981 Ronald W. Reagan 1981-1989 Charismatic actor Peace time Pressured the Soviet Union to end the Cold War Survived an assasionation attempt



Used sources:

Used sources American History (2006), Robert Frederick Ltd. An Illustrated History of the USA, Bryn O’Callaghan Maaja Nagel’s conspectuses

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