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domino theory
Belief that if one country fell to communism, neigboring countries would likewise fall.
Vietminh
Common name for the League for Independence of Vietnam.
Geneva Accords
A 1954 international conference in which Vietnam was divided into two nations.
Viet Cong
Communist guerrillas in South Vietnam.
National Liberation Front
Political arm of the Viet Cong.
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
1964 congressional resolution authorizing President Johnson to take military action in Vietnam.
land mine
An explosive device planted in the ground.
saturation bombing
The dropping of a large concentration of bombs over a certain area.
Agent Orange
A herbicide used as a chemical weapon during the Vietnam War to kill vegetation and expose enemy hiding places.
napalm
Highly flammable chemical dropped from US planes in firebombing attacks during the Vietnam War.
escalation
Expansion by stages, as from a local to a national conflict.
Ho Chi Minh Trial
A supply route used to carry troops and supplies from North Vietnam to South Vietnam.
hawks
Nickname for a supporter of war, as in the Vietnam War.
dove
Nickname for a person who opposes war, as in the Vietnam War.
Tet Offensive
1968 attack by Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces throughout South Vietnam.
generation gap
A term used to describe the widening difference between a younger generation and thier parents.
New Left
New political movement of the late 1960s that called for radical changes to fight poverty and racism.
teach-in
Special session of lecture and discussion on a controversial topic that often occured during the Vietnam War era.
conscientious objector
A person who opposes war on moral or religious grounds.
deferment
Official postponement as in a postponement of compulsary military service.
Middle America
Term sometimes used to describe mainstream Americans.
Paris peace talks
Negotiations between the United States and North Vietnam, beginning in 1968.
Vietnamization
President Nixon's policy of replacing American military forces with those of South Vietnam.
silent majority
Term used by President Nixon to describe Americans who opposed the counterculture.
POW
Prisoner of war.
MIA
Missing in action.