Vietnam War

Introduction

The Vietnam War began as a struggle between communist North Vietnam and non-communist South Vietnam, and broadened to include the United States. It was preceded by the Indo-China War (1946-1954) between France and the Viet Minh, which ended with the defeat of the French at Dien Bien Phu. The Geneva Conference left North Vietnam under the rule of Ho Chi Minh, while the South was ruled first by Bao Dai and then by Ngo Dinh Diem. Elections were planned to choose a single government for all of Vietnam, but when they failed to take place, fighting was renewed. From 1961 in an attempt to stop the spread of communism, the USA increased its aid to South Vietnam and the number of its 'military advisers.' Although the US Congress never declared war officially, it passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution which authorized US forces in South-East Asia to repel any armed attack and to prevent further aggression. US bombing of North Vietnam was continued, and in 1965 the USA stepped up its troop commitment substantially.

Source: Chambers Dictionary of World History. London: Chambers Harrap, 2005. s.v. "Vietnam War," http://www.credoreference.com/entry/5908717/. (accessed March 12, 2009).

Collections

The Ball State University Libraries Digital Media Repository contains the collections listed below pertaining to the Vietnam War, 1961-1975. To browse all Vietnam War materials in the DMR click here.

Ball State University Campus Photographs

Ball State University Campus Photographs

The Ball State University Libraries Digital Media Repository features the Ball State Campus Photographs collection, which contains images courtesy of Ball State University Photo Services and Archives and Special Collections. Among the images are photographs featuring student activities that took place during the Vietnam War.

Cantigny Oral Histories

Cantigny First Division Oral Histories

The Ball State University Libraries Digital Media Repository features the Cantigny First Division Oral Histories collection, whose holdings include forty high definition oral history interviews and transcripts conducted in 2008.

Eleanor Roosevelt Speech Collection

Middletown Digital Oral Histories

The Ball State University Libraries Digital Media Repository features the the Middletown Digital Oral Histories, whose holdings include audio oral histories and transcripts ranging from 1972 to 2006. These oral histories describe local historic events as well as veteran accounts.

Robert F. Kennedy Speech Collection

Robert F. Kennedy Speech Collection

The Ball State University Libraries Digital Media Repository features the Robert F. Kennedy Speech Collection, whose holdings include video of the Kennedy's April 4, 1968 primary campaign speech delivered in Ball State University's Irving Gymnasium, still shots from the video, a transcript of the speech, and a narrative detailing the impact of the speech on the Muncie, Indiana community.

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