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The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War Primary Sources

Historical documents. What clues can you gather about the time, place, players, and culture?

President Eisenhower's Promise

President Eisenhower's letter to South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem promising aid against the Communist North, October 1954.

Goals of the NLF

Statement of goals of the National Liberation Front (NLF).

Lodge to Diem

A tense phone conversation between the ambassador to South Vietnam, Henry Cabot Lodge, and South Vietnam's President Ngo Dinh Diem, 1 November 1963.

Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Text of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution approved by the U.S. Congress, 7 August 1964.

Ridenhour's Confession

A letter from Ron Ridenhour, a former G.I., describing the My Lai massacre and its cover-up, March 1969.


President Nixon explains his "Vietnamization" plan to the American public, 3 November 1969.

The My Lai Investigation

William Wilson's account of his investigation of the My Lai murders.

Jane Fonda's Statement

A statement from American actress and political activist Jane Fonda in Hanoi, August 1972.

From the Other Side

Memories of the Vietnam War, "from the other side."

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