Back in Nam'

The Era of Eisenhower

The Beginning of the Vietnam War

On May 7, 1954, Viet Minh's forces won the battle of Dien Bien Phu, which ended France's involvement in Indochina. This led to the Geneva Conference, where Vietnam was split into two pieces at the 17th parallel. Two years later, elections were planned to be held at both sides, where they would establish a unified government. These terms were threatening to Dwight Eisenhower and the United States, because they feared that since Vietnam was under communist influence, the elections were going to be rigged and unfair to lead to complete communist control. Communist control would lead for a spread of communism throughout South East Asia. In 1955, Ngo Dinh Diem beat Bao Dai tp become the president of the Republic of Vietnam. This led the United States to begin to support the Republic and to send them supplies from the Military Assistance Advisory Group to South Vietnam. Diem was an anti-communist and started rallies against communist, even having communist supporters arrested. Diem had up to 40,000 political prisoners jailed.Although all the attempts to stop communism, Diem was unable to stop the movement. On November 2, 1963, Diem was assassinated, which led to a complete communist uprising.
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In this propaganda, it helps support Eisenhower's domino theory. In 1954, Eisenhower gave a speech on how the future of the war will follow a domino effect. This basically means that each action taken will force another action to occur accordingly.
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In this propaganda, it illustrates how the Soviet Union spread communism throughout the Eastern Hemisphere. It also shows how the United States was floating above communism and avoiding it the best it could.

The Impact Vietnam had on the United States

The Vietnam War led Congress to replace the "draft" with a solely volunteer army. This makes the military rely on the willingness of men to fight, rather than the population of the country.

The war also led to a large hit to the United States economy. The government was unwilling to raise taxes to pay for the war, so instead they decided to attempt to inflate the worth of money.

The morale of the troops and citizens of the United States was lowered drastically after the war, due to the unwillingness to support the war in the first place, and also the large numbers that we lost as a country. The citizens lost trust in their government and the troops went through a negative life changing experience in Vietnam.

Overview of Vietnam War

The Vietnam War is negatively looked at from United State's citizens point of view. It was the longest war in American History. There were over 60,000 American deaths, and over 2 million Vietnamese deaths. There is still a lot of controversy on whether or not this war was necessary or just a mistake in American History.

Significance of Vietnam War

The Vietnam war was the most significant part of the Cold War era, because it was the actual war. There were several competitions among these countries (Space Race, Nuclear Race), but this was the actual war that the countries used as the stage to settle all other arguments. All other competitions were a metaphorical war, but this was an actual war, with over 2 million deaths! The countries also took the most severe economical hit in the Vietnam War. Statistically the Vietnam War was the most important event in the Cold War era.