The War Of The Vietnam War Essay

1361 Words Aug 1st, 2014 6 Pages
The Vietnam War was one of the most divisive conflicts in American history. The drawn out clash grew from a financial show of support for an ally to an endless war that cost American lives,and confidence. The war dragged on for years despite growing peace movements and disillusionment with the government. Despite all this America stayed involved in the war for decades. Understanding why America stayed in the conflict is important to understanding the second half of 20th century America. America became involved in Vietnam due to its policy of containment under the Truman Doctrine. As France retreated in the face of radical nationalists in Indochina, America moved in in an attempt to push back the rising tide of communism in the area. America’s involvement in Vietnam was a long period of slow escalation following the second World War. Most American’s were not focused on Vietnam until “the United States were deeply involved in the war” (Schaller, p. 245). United States’ involvement came about as the result of France’s attempts to reinstate their colonial power following 1945. In late 1945 Ho Chi Minh established the Communist Democratic Republic of Vietnam and war broke out against French troops the following year. America backed France; by 1952 America was paying 40% of the costs for the war and just two years later that figure jumped to 70% of the cost. By this time it became clear the French could not hold out and they were overrun at Dienbienphu May 7, 1954. The rest of…

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