History Capstone Research Papers

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Kennedy, Vietnam, Cold War, Diem, Johnson, Eisenhower, Escalation


The purpose of this paper is to determine if President Kennedy had a large impact on President Johnson in escalating the Vietnam War. This paper argues that Kennedy's decision to remove Ngo Dinh Diem from the South Vietnamese Presidency forced Johnson to escalate. American aid, politically, militarily, and economically in Vietnam, played a large role in forcing Johnson to escalate the war. This paper examines the political impact President Kennedy created, the military situation in Vietnam, and the economics of Diem's removal.


Dr. Thomas Mach

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