Presentation on theme: "January 10, 2011 What was the war like ?"— Presentation transcript:
1January 10, 2011 What was the war like ? Six major questions about 1968Group PresentationsCause and Effect of the 6 essential questionsHomework: Section 5 Notes
2Cause and EffectIn groups, you will take your topic and show the class its causes and effects on that year.For Example: Topic Vietnam WarCauses – Vietcong’s push to capture S.V, Ho Chi Minh’s promise of an independent VietnamEffects – U.S. soldiers sent to war, Johnson’s popularity falling, college protestorsYou may do this in poster form or in skit form.The topics are:The Surprise AttackChanges Public OpinionJohnson WithdrawsViolence and Protest in 1968Turmoil in ChicagoNixon Triumphs
3A Surprise Attack January 30- Vietnamese New Year’s Eve Lunar new year festivities known in Vietnam as TetVillagers took advantage of week long truce to hold funerals for war victims.Coffins contained weapons and many villagers were Vietcong agents
4Westmoreland was wrong. continued for a monthWestmoreland declared the attacks an overwhelming defeat for the Vietcong.Westmoreland was wrong.Shook the American public and credibility gap suddenly widenedShocking images of attacks by an enemy that seemed to be everywhere.
5Tet Changes Public Opinion Tet offensive changed millions of minds about the war.Mainstream media now openly criticized the warDefense secretary, Clark Clifford concluded that the war was un-winnableJohnson’s popularity plummeted
6Whose running in 1968? Robert Kennedy decided not to run Eugene McCarthy ready to run against Johnson on a platform to end the war.
7Robert Kennedy declared his candidacy for president which divided the Democratic Party. Johnson announced that the U.S. would seek negotiations to end the war.Johnson stepped down because of party division and the war
8Violence and Protest Grip the Nation 1968- assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.Two months latter, Robert Kennedy was assassinationNation’s college campuses continued to protest.Students clashed with university officials over campus and social issues.
9Turmoil in ChicagoJohnson stepped down leaving Eugene McCarthy against Hubert Humphrey in the Democratic presidential primary race.Nomination to be done in Chicago protesters arrive to provoke violence.Protestors march on convention where cops were present.
10Nixon Triumphs Republican presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon. Political career all but dead so he joined a New York law firm.1968- Nixon announced his candidacy for president and won the party’s nomination.Campaigned on a promise to restore law and order.
11Promised, in vague terms to end the war in Vietnam George Wallace was a Democrat who ran as a third-party candidateWallace supported school segregation and states’ rights and was labeled the “white backlash” candidateWallace took some Democrat votes allowing Nixon to win.