Chapter 19:The Vietnam War Years
Section 1: Moving Toward Conflict pp. 654-661


Main Idea:

To stop the spread of communism in Southeast Asia, the United States used its military to support South Vietnam


  • Summarize Vietnam's history as a French Colony and its struggle for independance
  • Examine how the United States became involved in the Vietnam conflict
  • Describe the expansion of U.S. military involvement under President Johnson

People, places and terms:

Ho Chi Mihn


domino theory

Dien Bien Phu

Geneva Accords

Ngo Dihn Diem


Ho Chi Mihn Trail

Tonkin Gulf Resolution



Why did Ho Chi Mihnlead a resistancemovement against France?


How and why did the United States support France's Vietnam War effort?


Why did the United States support canceling elections?


Why was the Diem regime so unpopular? 3 things


How did the Tonkin Gulf Resolution lead to greater U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War?


What tactics did the United States adopt to fight the Vietcong?


Why is Vietnam a "cold war" ?