Military Advisers in Vietnam: 1963

How did the beginning of the Vietnam War factor into the Cold War with the Soviet Union? As part of a study of American involvement in Vietnam, class members read a letter address to President Kennedy and his response in which he explains the rationale for sending American soldiers to the country.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups research the CIA's Phoenix Program, the Vietnam Shadow government, and the Domino Theory
Classroom Considerations
  • Class members should have some background knowledge of the Cold War
Pros
  • The 11-page packet includes background information about the Cold War and American involvement in Vietnam
  • Kennedy's response outlines the Domino Theory
Cons
  • Little information is included about the role these advisors were expected to play