Why America Became Increasingly Involved in the Affairs of Vietnam Between 1954-1965

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Why America Became Increasingly Involved in the Affairs of Vietnam Between 1954-1965

America became increasingly involved between 1954-1965 with Vietnam,

although very far away and at the start without the American public

backing as they believed Vietnam was too far away to fight a war in

and they were just getting over WW2. America fought a ruthless war

with Vietnam all due to their fear of Communism. In this essay I will

explain the reasons why America became involved in the affairs of

another country that, on the face of it, had little to do with the

USA.

After 1893 Vietnam was made part of the French empire. The Vietnamese

peasants were exploited and forced to pay high taxes. The peasants had

to sell their land and work for low wages at the French plantations.

Ho Chi Minh formed the Vietminh in 1950; it was an Indo-Chinese

Communist party. Ho Chi Minh wanted freedom, independence and equality

for all the Vietnamese people.

By September 1945 the Guerrilla group had forced Japan, which had

invaded Vietnam during WW2 out of their country, to rid themselves of

foreign domination and proceeded to announce the formation of the

Democratic Republic of Vietnam. The Vietnamese were behind the

Vietminh- the communists- as the French were exploiting the peasants,

they had no money and were forced to work for extremely low wages and

sell their land. They wanted the 'riches' to be shared equally between

everybody. The peasants also wanted freedom.

Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill- the big three had other ideas about

Vietnam and divided Vietnam into two parts. The Chinese controlled the

Northern half as a Communist state and the British controlled the

Southern half as a non-communist state. The Vietminh were very

annoyed, as they wanted the whole of Vietnam to be Communist. They

believed it was their right as they had won the war. America was

becoming increasingly worried, as half of Vietnam was Communist.

After WW2, in 1946 France refused to recognise the Democratic Republic

of Vietnam and fighting broke out.

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