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Aaron Locke Vietnam coursework How useful are sources A to C to explain why the United States involved in the war in Vietnam? I am going to consider sources A to C and find how useful they are to explain why the United States became involved in Vietnam. Source A is a speech given by the U.S President Johnson in April 1965 making the source a primary source. President Johnson was speaking a month after the start of operation rolling thunder, rolling thunder was an operation the Americans used at the start of the Vietnam War It had three main objectives which were to reduce the infiltration, boost South Vietnamese morale and to inform Hanoi of the ever increasing expense of a continued insurgence in the south. ...read more.

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Every American president has offered support to the people of South Vietnam. For independence, freedom and to let them govern there own country. They also became involved to strengthen world order. Johnson said that "From Berlin to Thailand" people can rely on them. If the Americans did not help in South Vietnam then people and countries would not be able to trust them. They also got involved to prevent more war and to keep world peace president Johnson was basically saying to the communists to stay where they are because he is trying to stop the spread of communism. Source B is a private conversation between President Johnson and an unknown person in may 1964 making it a primary source. ...read more.

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and it is a speech that gives many of reasons why America entered the war. One of the problems with this source is that it is from an American point of view and may be biased or it could have been used as propaganda during the time and may have limitations on the context of the speech. Source B is a private conversation and is useful and is useful in many ways and reflects what the president feels about the war but because of what his feelings were at the time he could have said something that he did not mean which says that some of the information could be inaccurate and the private conversation could limit the details. Source C is by a critic of the war who believes it should not have happened so the information could be biased and only expressing his opinion on the war. ...read more.

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