Vietnam: Looking Back at America’s (Second) Longest War

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Francis Marion University

Scott Kaufman is a Board of Trustees Research Scholar and chair of the Department of History at Francis Marion University. He is the author, co-author, or editor of twelve books on American military, diplomatic, and presidential history. A number of those works are on Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, including The Presidency of James Earl Carter, Jr., 2nd ed. (co-authored with his father, Burton I. Kaufman), Plans Unraveled: The Foreign Policy of the Carter Administration, A Companion to Gerald R. Ford and Jimmy Carter, and Rosalynn Carter: Equal Partner in the White House.


Referred to as the “Second Indochina War,” “Nam,” or, even (until recently) “America’s Longest War,” the Vietnam War has a lengthy history. And even though the conflict ended nearly fifty years ago, its legacy resonates to the present. In this lecture, Dr. Kaufman will offer a broad overview of the war in Vietnam, starting with a brief discussion of U.S. support for the French during the “First Indochina War” of 1945-54. He will then address America’s escalation of that conflict—including the decision to send combat troops to South Vietnam starting in 1965—its de-escalation of the war following the Tet Offensive of 1968, and its withdrawal from the South in 1975. He will conclude with some thoughts on the legacy of what is now America’s second-longest military conflict.



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Tania De La Torre

Vietnam: the US second longest war

Excellent speaker and informative, answered all questions and open to more via his email!

3 years ago
James Brimley

Great presentation

3 years ago
Anne Rivers

Well done

3 years ago

I was a teen in the late 60’s and 70’s. My older siblings were involved in war protests, but the draft ended before it would have impacted my boyfriend.

I thank you, Mr. Kaufmann, for painting a clear picture of the war and pointing out it’s lasting impact on Americans, our policies and politics.

2 years ago
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