Ho Chi Minh Essay

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Before the 1900th century, various countries such as China and France dominated the country currently known today as Vietnam. Throughout the countries history the Vietnamese people were often times mistreated. The Vietnamese people had a strong craving for independence. In the early 20th century, one man united the liberation cause; that man was named Ho Chi Minh.
Ho Chi Minh, otherwise known as Nguyen Sinh Cung, was very important and divisive in the history of Vietnam. According to Charles E Kirpatrick, “Because he gave no particular importance to the details of his life, Ho Chi Minh’s date of birth and true name are in question. Most of what we know about the man can only be considered informed supposition” (Kirkpatrick). Ho Chi Minh was
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Nguyen Ai Quoc translates to “Nguyen The Patriot”. “By 1919, he organized a group of Vietnamese immigrants and petitioned delegates at the Versailles Peace Conference to demand that the French colonial government in Indochina grant the same rights to its subjects as it did to its rulers” (History.com Staff). Ho Chi Minh was ecstatic to hear U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s 14-point speech. He was so inspired that he went and drafted his very own version of an 8-point speech (Biography of Ho Chi …show more content…
First, the Japanese soldiers took over Indochina and imprisoned or slaughtered the French officials. Secondly, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan. This was the point that Japan was totally defeated and surrendered. According to Britanica, “Thus, the two strongest adversaries of the Viet Minh and Ho Chi Minh were eliminated” (Ho Chi Minh). Ho saw his opportunity and seized it. Now with the French government and the Japanese government in chaos, Ho Chi Minh’s National Liberation Committee stepped in and proclaimed themselves and the provisional government. This positioned Ho Chi Minh as the President of Vietnam: “On September 2, Ho declared that the Vietnam Democratic Republic was an independent state and sought recognition from the United States, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union and China” (Kirkpatrick). However, the French put a valiant effort in trying to reestablish colonies in Vietnam. French armed forces seized two Vietnamese cities after failed negotiation, thus initiating a war on November 1946 (Biography of Ho Chi Minh). Now this has come to be known as the first Indochinese War. This war lasted about 8-9 years, depending on the source. The French troops fought the Vietminh guerrillas in the peaks of the mountains and the valleys of rice paddy fields (Kirkpatrick). Bao Dai, the commander or the Viet Minh army, contained and trapped the French forces

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