The Vietnam War began in 1954 and ended in 1975. The war started soon after the Geneva Conference, which divided Vietnam into two nations at the 17th parallel.
The Vietnam War centered on the desire of North Vietnam to create a unified communist government in the country. South Vietnam's leader, President Ngo Dinh Diem, canceled elections concerning reunification and was denounced by the leader of North Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh. The conflict escalated, and South Vietnam signed a treaty with the United States in 1961 for military and economic aid. Diem was executed after a coup in 1963; however, the war continued until U.S. combat units withdrew in 1973, and South Vietnam fell to an invasion by the North in 1975.Learn More
Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" was his response to the level of fear and over the top reactions that McCarthyism had brought on America in the 1950s. Arthur Miller was called up for questioning by the HUAC, or House of Un-American Acts Committee, in 1956 where he was cited with contempt of Congress for refusing to name names on possible Communist sympathizers.Full Answer >
In addition to the untold consequences for military families due to the massive loss of 58,000 American lives during the conflict, the Vietnam War led to the end of the military draft in the United States, a reduction in the voting age to age 18, restriction of a sitting president's ability to send military forces into combat, weakened and undermined morale among the U.S. military and caused damage to the American economy. In addition, the Vietnam War caused divisions in the Democratic Party and caused Americans to be suspicious of their government. Returning soldiers fared little better, with an estimated 700,000 Vietnam veterans suffering from the psychological after effects of war.Full Answer >
The French Revolution was a 10-year period of upheaval in the country that began in 1789 with the summoning of the Estates-General by King Louis XVI. The deputies of the three Estates of French society were to meet to deliberate voting on taxes to fund the financially weakened Bourbon monarchy.Full Answer >
Major problems facing Nigeria include corruption, poor governance, political instability, unemployment, population explosion, religious and ethnic conflicts, diseases and environmental degradation. Even though Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa, there are still many problems that it faces.Full Answer >