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American Experience; Vietnam: A Television History: Tet, 1968

02/21/1997

Tet, 1968


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Series
American Experience
Program
Vietnam: A Television History: Tet, 1968
Program Number

915

Series Description

Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

Program Description

In January of 1968, on the Vietnamese New Year known as Tet, a massive Vietcong and North Vietnamese offensive struck South Vietnam. The Vietcong forces hit nearly every province in South Vietnam, including General Westmoreland's headquarters, the Vietnamese government's radio station and other key targets. From a military perspective, the Tet Offensive failed -- southern Vietcong guerrilla forces had surfaced, only to be killed or captured in large numbers. However, this was history's first televised war, and the atrocities broadcast during the Tet Offensive split the White House's position on the war and unleashed a flurry of anti-war sentiments among Americans. This program follows the beginning of the end of the Vietnam War, from conflict between Congress and the White House, to the eventual retreat of forces upon North Vietnam and President Johnson's announcement that he would not seek another presidential term.

Duration

00:56:46

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
History
Citation
Chicago: “American Experience; Vietnam: A Television History: Tet, 1968,” 02/21/1997, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 3, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7A2D82DEE60345EAB665D074D7BB0982.
MLA: “American Experience; Vietnam: A Television History: Tet, 1968.” 02/21/1997. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 3, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7A2D82DEE60345EAB665D074D7BB0982>.
APA: American Experience; Vietnam: A Television History: Tet, 1968. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7A2D82DEE60345EAB665D074D7BB0982
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