It’s December 1969, and your parents are watching President Nixon talk about the Vietnam War on TV. They’re 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! It seems like the fighting in Vietnam has been going on forever, and you wonder if it could really, finally be over.
By the late 1960s, Americans were becoming very concerned about the Vietnam War. More U.S. troops were being killed or taken prisoner. Many Americans were not as worried about communism as they had been earlier in the decade. Some thought the U.S. had no good reason to fight in Vietnam. The 1970s brought an end to the war, but Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford faced many new challenges.