The Vietnam War

Thesis: America's involvement in the Vietnamese Conflict, was to stop the spreading of communism in Southeast Asia.
The United States played a major role in . Its influence was greatest in the South, led by the Capitalist party of Ngo Dinh Diem. The French had been defeated by the Vietminh, trying to defend South Vietnam and failed to end the Vietnamese conflict. The United States was forced into the war by its anti-communist policies, which were to prevent the spread of communism in Southeast Asia. took place in a time when Americans did not know what they wanted, but what they did know was that they did not want war (Doyle 95-110).
was not a war at all, at least not from the ...

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officially split Vietnam into two parts, North or Vietminh and South or French supported. It also ended the fighting of the North and South under several circumstances. First it officially declared France defeated by the Vietminh. After this was officially declared the United States stepped in to influence the South. The most important circumstance was the agreement that in 1956 general elections would be held. With the election two years away both parties had time to rebuild whatever armed forces or governments they could. The Geneva Conference stated, that the party that won the majority in the election would win control and either reunite the two parts of Vietnam or become politically independent. With support from the United States, the South refused to hold elections of any kind. It was inevitable that if the elections did take place, total control over Vietnam would land in the North or Communist hands(Harrison 54).
After the Geneva Conference two political powers ...

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both Communists and the French. He was given total political control and military power in the south. The few communists that did not migrate to the North were either put in reeducation camps or killed. Many reeducation camps were established in the South to teach or brainwash the Southern beliefs to the Communists(Hearden 61).
There were several main reasons for the United States government to continue helping Vietnam in the South. Containing the spread of communism in Vietnam was not reason enough. The first point was that if the South Vietnamese people gained prosperity under Diem, they would be less likely to join the communist movement. The U.S. felt if both the North ...

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