|Revisiting the Vietnam War Lecture Series-- Vietnam:1964-1975|
Event Type: Adult Program|
Age Group(s): Adult, Senior Citizen, Young Adult/Teenager
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:30 PM
Between 1964-1975, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford tried to find a way to end the war in Vietnam without sacrificing American honor. Dr. Justin Coffey, Quincy University Associate Professor of History, will discuss how each of these presidents shaped and followed public opinion on the conflict in Vietnam.
Location: Large Meeting Room
The talk will begin in 1964, when Congress authorized the president to use all necessary force to defend American interests in Southeast Asia, and conclude with the fall of Saigon in April 1975. The Vietnam War was a long, costly armed conflict that pitted the communist regime of North Vietnam and its southern allies, known as the Viet Cong, against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. The war began in 1954 (though conflict in the region stretched back to the mid-1940s), after the rise to power of Ho Chi Minh and his communist Viet Minh party in North Vietnam, and continued against the backdrop of an intense Cold War between two global superpowers: the United States and the Soviet Union. More than 3 million people (including 58,000 Americans) were killed in the Vietnam War; more than half were Vietnamese civilians. By 1969, at the peak of U.S. involvement in the war, more than 500,000 U.S. military personnel were involved in the Vietnam conflict. Growing opposition to the war in the United States led to bitter divisions among Americans, both before and after President Richard Nixon ordered the withdrawal of U.S. forces in 1973. In 1975, communist forces seized control of Saigon, ending the Vietnam War, and the country was unified as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam the following year.Contact: Rachel Peterson
This program is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. Please call 223-1309, ext. 501 or go online to www.quincylibrary.org to make your reservation.
Contact Number: 223-1309, ext. 221
Presenter: Dr. Justin Coffey
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