It’s December 1969, and your parents are watching President Nixon talk about the Vietnam War on TV. You listen too, because it sounds important.
The president says the war is ending. It seems to you like the fighting has been going on forever. Could it finally be over?
In the late 1960s, more Americans worried about the Vietnam War. So many U.S. troops were being killed or taken prisoner. Many people weren’t as afraid of communism as they were earlier in the decade. Some didn’t think the U.S. had a good reason to be in Vietnam. In the 1970s, the war ended. But Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford faced many new challenges.