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Vietnam War #3

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TermDefinition
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution Resolution adopted by Congress in 1964, giving the president broad powers to wage war in Vietnam
napalm Gasoline based substance used in bombs that US planes dropped in Vietnam in order to burn away jungle and expose Vietcong hideouts
Agent Orange Toxic leaf killing chemical sprayed by US planes in Vietnam to expose Vietcong hideouts
Search and destroy missions US raid on a South Vietnamese village, intended to root out villagers with ties to the Vietcong
Creddibility gap Pubic distrust o statements made by the government
New Left Youth dominated political movement of the 1960s, embodied in such organizations as Students for a Democratic Society and the Free Speech Movement
Students for a Democratic Society Anti-establishment New Left group, founded in 1960, that called for greater individual freedom and responsibility
Free Speech Movement Anti-establishment New Left organization that originated in a 1964 clash between students and administrators at the University of California at Berkeley
Tet Offensive Massive surprise attack by the Vietcong on South Vietnamese towns and cities early in 1968
Vietnamization President Nixon's strategy for ending US involvement in the Vietnam War, involving the gradual withdrawal of US troops and their replacement with South Vietnamese forces
Silent Majority Name given by President Nixon to the moderate, mainstream Americans who quietly supported his Vietnam War policies
My Lai Village in northern South Vietnam where more than 200 unarmed civilians, including women and children, were massacred by US troops in May 1968.
Kent State Universtiy Ohio university where National Guardsmen opened fire on students protesting the Vietnam War on May 4, 1970, wounding nine and killing four
Pentagon Papers 7,000 page document leaked to the press in 1971 by the former Defense Department worker Daniel Ellsberg - revealing that the US government had not been honest about its intentions in the Vietnam War
War Powers Act Law enacted in 1973 limiting a president's right to send troops into battle without consulting Congress
Created by: k.pharr