Click on the image to see Activity 2 where students will study the Geneva Conference, which settled the war between Vietnam and France, and its impact of the early goals of the US’s involvement in Vietnam.
Learn how France used a program called Pacification to try to win over the rural Vietnamese, by building infrastructure and vaccinating children, and the violent reaction of opposition groups, such as the communists and Viet Minh, who wanted independence.
Watch this clip from The Vietnam War to learn about the international conference that settled future of Vietnam, splitting it into north and south. The agreement did not satisfy the Vietnamese, France, China, or Russia and sewed the seeds for future violence.
Under the Geneva Accords, civilians living in either the north or south part of Vietnam, who wanted to re-locate to the other, had 300 days to do. This resulted in the creation of over 900,000 refuges. Learn more with this clip from The Vietnam War.
By 1954, US tax payers paid nearly 80% France’s war in Vietnam because Eisenhower’s administration thought it was important in the fight against communism. Learn more with this clip from The Vietnam War.