Presentation on theme: "Part II. Nikita Khrushchev The “Players” John F Kennedy."— Presentation transcript:
Nikita Khrushchev The “Players”
John F Kennedy
Cuban Missile Crisis Planes spot missile sites being erected in Cuba JFK contacts Kruschev – must not bring in missiles and must dismantle the sites JFK places a blockade around Cuba Threatens to board and inspect any ships coming into Cuba TENSE !!!! At the last moment – Soviet ships turn around WHEW!!
Vietnam History – French colony History – French colony Occupied by Japan during WWII Occupied by Japan during WWII Ho Chi Minh wants independence (nationalist - pro communist) Ho Chi Minh wants independence (nationalist - pro communist) USA backs France – France loses at Dien Bien Phu USA backs France – France loses at Dien Bien Phu Divided at Geneva Convention – North and South at 17 th parallel Divided at Geneva Convention – North and South at 17 th parallel
Ho Chi Minh ( ) Political leader of the Viet Minh Leader of North Vietnam after the Geneva Accords (1954). Nationalist - determined to reunify Vietnam. Very popular - called “Uncle Ho.” When U.S. turned their backs on him he cultivated the support of the two major communist powers Russia & China.
Ngo Dinh Diem ( ) President of Vietnam from Catholic, anti-Buddhist - Corrupt – nepotism Killed in a coup d’etat. (CIA and Kennedy approved) “what have the Buddhists done…they barbecued a monk”
Buddhist monks in Vietnam demonstrate for peace by setting themselves afire
John F. Kennedy Advocated counter insurgency – developed special warfare capabilities Vietnam policy - contain communism - the Domino Theory Assassinated soon after the overthrow of Diem in 1963 Increased the funding Increased the number of US advisors
U.S. Army Special Forces “Green Berets” JFK increased funding for Special Forces
Photo taken 2 minutes before the assassination
Lee Harvey Oswaldwithdeputy
Great Society LBJ’s Domestic Policy Plan LBJ’s Domestic Policy Plan Strengthen the economy Strengthen the economy Expand social welfare programs Expand social welfare programs
War on Poverty Johnson’s plan to improve education, employment, housing, and health-care programs. Johnson’s plan to improve education, employment, housing, and health-care programs.
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution President’s powers to wage war are drastically increased
Athletes give Black Power salute at the Olympics
Sec. of State Henry Kissinger
Kent State University
Pentagon Papers Government dishonesty about Vietnam War is revealed to the public.
War Powers Act President’s ability to wage war greatly diminished
SALT Strategic Arms Limitations Treaty
Sadat Carter Begin
Carter Wins Nobel Peace Prize 2002
Strategic Defense Initiative “Star Wars” Scrapped after Cold War ended
Beirut Bombing 241 Marines killed by terrorists in 1983
Mikhail Gorbachev glasnost perestroika
Berlin Wall Comes Down Nov. 9, 1989
Who is tearing down the wall?
Souvenir bits of Berlin Wall sold for $1.00 each