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How useful are sources A to C to explain why the United States became involved in the war in Vietnam?

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The Vietnam War Question 1. How useful are sources A to C to explain why the United States became involved in the war in Vietnam? Source A is a speech by the U.S. president Johnson to the American public. The speech was in 1965 where the tension between Vietnam and America was high, so the source is useful as it is relevant to the event in question. In this speech President Johnson is setting out his reasons for increasing U.S. participation in the Vietnam War. This source is also useful as to why the U.S. became involved in the Vietnam War, because it implies they had a 'promise to keep' and they wanted to put a halt to communism. ...read more.

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At that time most of the politicians wanted to move the troops into the North to fight Vietcong. President Johnson said ' Of course if you start running from the Communists, they may chase you into your own kitchen' This tells me there is some truth between both sources; communism is bad and we must defend ourselves against it. Source C gives independent reasons why the U.S. was involved in the war but not all together honest. But this viewpoint is written well after the war was over and therefore has many primary sources and secondary sources to refer to. They wanted a foothold in South Vietnam. ...read more.

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In Source A President Johnson justifies his actions, he also gives reasons and an objective unlike source B where we find out his personal views. Source C is useful for showing another angle as to why the U.S. invaded Vietnam and is from a reliable source but there is no evidence to support the reasons that it gives. It is easy to see that even the president had a conflict over the USA's involvement in what was a major commitment in fighting communism. However, the public was informed only about the reasons that American needed to go to war and not about Johnson private views and would not have been aware of this real reason for entering into a conflict that was ultimately not resolved. Word Count: 575 ...read more.

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