It’s December 1969, and President Nixon is on TV, talking about the Vietnam War. Your parents are paying very close attention to him, so you start listening too, because what he’s saying seems important.
And it is—the president announces that the war is ending! You really want to believe that, but it seems like the fighting has been going on forever. Could it finally be over?
Americans became more concerned about the Vietnam War in the late 1960s. More U.S. troops were being killed or taken prisoner. Many people were not as worried about communism as they had been earlier in the decade. Some didn't think the U.S. had a good reason to be in Vietnam. The 1970s brought an end to the war. But Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford faced many new challenges.