The Vietnam War was one of the most controversial conflicts in American history. Before World War II, Vietnam had been a French colony since the 1800s. Before that, back to only around 900 AD, the Vietnamese were fighting the Chinese. After World War II, Vietnam fought and gained its independence from the French. After being oppressed by foreign invaders for so long, the Vietnamese longed to be independent from imperialism and colonialism. This would prove to be a major problem for the United States in the area for years to come.

The Basics

       To understand the Vietnam War, it is neccesary to know the basic history of what happened. After defeating the French, Vietnam was temporarily divided into a Communist North and Capitalist South in 1954. Elections had been proposed for 1956, but the United States and South Vietnam did not want them to happen. In 1956, South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem announced that elections would not be held.
       Ever since South Vietnam was created there was an insurgency called the National Liberation Front, or more commonly known as the Viet Cong. They were supported by North Vietnam. A coup was launched in 1963 and Diem was assassinated, his top generals taking over. There were three more coups over the next three months. President Lyndon B. Johnson dedicated large scale intervention to save South Vietnam in 1965.
      South Vietnam and America was defeated by North Vietnam and the Nlf in 1975, and the country was reunited after thirty years of fighting. The United States lost 58,000 young men, and here are the reasons why we should have not been involved in it.
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This is a memorial to American troops that die needlessly in Vietnam