Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Vietnam War Ended

The Vietnam War was a Cold War military conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from September 1959 to April 1975 when the last U.S. Marines were evacuated from the US embassy in Saigon by helicopter.

The war was fought between the communist North Vietnam, supported by its communist allies, and the government of South Vietnam, supported by the United States and other anti-communist nations.

The Paris Peace Accords on "Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam" were signed on 27 January 1973, officially ending direct U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

The main negotiators of the agreement were United States National Security Advisor Dr. Henry Kissinger and Vietnamese politburo member Le Duc Tho; the two men were awarded the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts, although Tho refused to accept it.

- Wikipedia

Lesson Plan Information
Title: Opposing Views on the Vietnam War
Objectives: By the end of this lesson, students will understand:

  • Richard Nixon’s policies concerning the Vietnam War,
  • the main arguments of Vietnam veterans against the war,
  • Civilian different opinions regarding the war.

  • Vocabulary: Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, My Lai massacre, precipitate withdrawal, Viet Cong, Vietnamization.
    Grade Level: 9-12
    Subject: U.S. History
    Materials: Access to the Internet; classroom activity sheets: comparing arguments, interview questions
    Time Needed: Two class periods
    Provided by: Lesson Plan Library (Author: Betsy Hedberg, freelance curriculum writer and teacher.)
    Year: 2008

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