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        Forces That Fueled the Vietnam War: Classroom Activity Pack | ​Ken Burns & ​Lynn Novick: The Vietnam War

        Students view selected clips from The Vietnam War that speak to French colonialism in Southeast Asia and American support of French colonial rule in Vietnam, and engage in three related activities.

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        Activity 1: ​An Analysis of Colonialism | ​Ken Burns & ​Lynn Novick: The Vietnam War

        Click on the image to see Activity 1 where students will examine the impact of French colonialism in Vietnam.

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        Activity 2: The 1954 Geneva Convention Accords | ​Ken Burns & ​Lynn Novick: The Vietnam War

        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.

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        Activity 3: The US Becomes Further Involved in South Vietnam | ​Ken Burns & ​Lynn Novick: The Vietnam War

        Click on the image to see Activity 3. Here students will analyze how French withdrawal from Vietnam, and the pressures of the Cold War, increased America’s commitment to South Vietnam.

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        Forces That Fueled the Vietnam War: Map | ​Ken Burns & ​Lynn Novick: The Vietnam War

        Click the map to see how Vietnam was temporarily divided after the Geneva Conference Accords in 1954.

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        French Conquest of Indochina | ​Ken Burns & ​Lynn Novick: The Vietnam War

        Learn how France colonized Indochina, installed puppet governments, and spread its culture there.

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        French Pacification Program | ​Ken Burns & ​Lynn Novick: The Vietnam War

        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.

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        Geneva Conference Accords | ​Ken Burns & ​Lynn Novick: The Vietnam War

        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.

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        A Country and People Divided | ​Ken Burns & ​Lynn Novick: The Vietnam War

        Under the Geneva Accords, civilians living in half of Vietnam who wanted to re-locate to the other, had 300 days to do so. This resulted in the creation of over 900,000 refugees.

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        US Involvement in Indochina | ​Ken Burns & ​Lynn Novick: The Vietnam War

        By 1954, US tax payers were paying for nearly 80% of France’s war in Vietnam because Eisenhower’s administration thought it was important in the fight against communism.

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        Ngo Dinh Diem's Rise to Power | ​Ken Burns & ​Lynn Novick: The Vietnam War

        Learn how the United States hoped to encourage the creation of a democratic government in South Vietnam under the leadership of Ngo Dinh Diem, and the many challenges presented by this goal.

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