With the withdrawal of the French from Indo- China in 1954, the United States took over the responsibility to maintain the settlement that had created four autonomous units, North and South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. An intended plebiscite to determine the wishes of the population in the permanent settlement was not held, and the North Vietnamese, under the leadership of Ho Chi Minh and supported by Russia and China, invaded the South and a full-scale war was underway. The American commitment grew through the incumbencies of Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson, and ultimately became a quagmire which desperately divided the American people.
2 VHS copies [1 master copy and 1 use copy in Sachar Personal Papers, Box 23]
3 U-Matic copies [In Sachar Personal Papers, Box 29]