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At the end of Chapter 20, student should understand the following concepts about the Vietnam War:

· The gradual intensification of the United States commitment to defending the government in the southern part of Vietnam and the reasons why United States involvement in Vietnam changed both quantitatively and qualitatively in 1965.

· The military strategy of the United States in Vietnam and the reasons for its failure.

· The reasons why the 1968 Tet offensive had such a critical impact on both policy toward Vietnam and American domestic politics.

· The traumas of 1968 and their effect on the Presidential election of that year.

· The continuing historical debate over why the US became involved in the conflict in Vietnam.

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The wall listed 58,159 names when it was completed in 1993. The soldier's names were placed in order by date of death. The Memorial Wall, designed by Maya Ying Lin, is made up of two black granite walls 246 feet 9 inches long. At the highest point, they are 10.1 feet high, and they taper to a height of eight inches at their extremities. Granite for the wall came from Bangalore, India, and was deliberately chosen because of its reflective quality. Stone cutting and fabrication was done in Barre, Vermont.



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