This project outlines the impact of the Vietnam War on the Cold War. Students will discover and comprehend the progression of the Vietnam War, its significance within the context of the Cold War, and other important factors that impacted the outcome of the war.

~ We will split into 4 groups. Each group will read two documents on the website and answer the questions for the documents.
~ to access the documents, click here Was Vietnam a Turning Point in the Cold War? and then click on "How and Why America Got Into Vietnam."
~ each group will share their results with the class.
~ then follow the directions for the second website.

Helpful Vocabulary:
Domino Theory - a theory that if one country is taken over by an expansionist, esp. Communist, neighbor, party, or the like, the nearby nations will be taken over one after another. (

SEATO - South East Asian Treaty Organization. An organization formed in Manila (1954), comprising Australia, Great Britain, France, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, and the United States, for collective defense against communist aggression in southeastern Asia and the southwestern Pacific: abolished in 1977. (

Vietnamisation - building up and supporting South Vietnam forces to resist the Viet Cong. (

Commies - a slang term used by Americans directed toward Communists during the Cold War Era

For more definitions click on the Glossary link within the website. Was Vietnam a Turning Point in the Cold War?

After reviewing this website answer the following questions:

1. When the USA got involved in Vietnam in the 1960s, it seemed that American aims were clear. Name three (3) aims of the US?

2. Most US Presidents believed that their policies and procedures were right. Name two (2) of these aims.

3. Who were critics of US policy in the USA? Among its allies?

4. By the late 1960s the attitude of the USA was changing. To begin with, it was clear that US military methods were not working. How was this evident?

5. What evidence is there to suggest that the war was dividing American Society? What evidence is there that it was unpopular with America's allies?


Follow-up Activity:
Read the *Doonesbury* Cartoon on this website Vietnam Political Cartoons and answer the following questions.

1. Locate three words or phrases used by the cartoonist to identify objects or people within the cartoon.

2. Explain the message of the cartoon.

3. What special interest groups would agree/disagree with the cartoon's message? Why?