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Vietnam: A Television History; Peace is at Hand (1968 - 1973); Interview with Nguyen Co Thach, 1981

Part of The Vietnam Collection.

02/24/1981

Foreign Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Nguyen Co Thach recalls life during the French colonial period. He describes his province of Nan Dinh as overcrowded and poor. Nguyen Co Thach recalls his days in the nationalist movement, which he joined shortly after he was released from prison in 1940. He talks about the hardest years he spent in the resistance, from 1947 until 1949, when the French began to close in on the resistance movement. Nguyen Co Thach also recalls his negotiations with Averell Harriman, his secret talks with Henry Kissinger, and the 1969 ceasefire proposal, which was rejected.


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Series
Vietnam: A Television History
Program
Peace is at Hand (1968 - 1973)
Program Number

110

Title

Interview with Nguyen Co Thach, 1981

Series Description

This 13 part series covers the history of Vietnam from France's colonial control, through the 1945 revolution, to the 1975 U.S. evacuation from Saigon and the years beyond. The series' objective approach permits viewers to form their own conclusions about the war. 101--Roots of a War--Despite cordial relations between American intelligence officers and Communist leader Ho Chi Minh in the turbulent closing months of World War II, French and British hostility to the Vietnamese revolution laid the groundwork for a new war. 102--The First Vietnam War (1946-1954)--The French generals expected to defeat Ho's rag-tag Vietminh guerrillas easily, but after eight years of fighting and $2.5 billion in U.S. aid, the French lost a crucial battle at Dienbienphu--and with it, their Asian empire. 103--America's Mandarin (1954-1963)--To stop the spread of communism in Southeast Asia, America replaced France in South Vietnam--supporting autocratic President Ngo Dinyh Diem until his own generals turned against him in a coup that brought political chaos to Saigon. 104--LBJ Goes to War (1964-1965)--With Ho Chi Minh determined to reunite Vietnam, Lyndon Baines Johnson determined to prevent it, and South Vietnam on the verge of collapse, the stage was set for massive escalation of the undeclared Vietnam War. 105--America Takes Charge (1965-1967)--In two years, the Johnson Administration's troop build-up dispatched 1.5 million Americans to Vietnam to fight a war they found baffling, tedious, exciting, deadly and unforgettable. 106--America's Enemy (1954-1967)--The Vietnam War as seen from different perspectives: by Vietcong guerrillas and sympathizers; by North Vietnamese leaders; by rank and file; and by American held prisoner in Hanoi. 107--Tet (1968)--The massive enemy offensive at the Lunar New Year decimated the Vietcong and failed to topple the Saigon government, but led to the beginning of America's military withdrawal. 108--Vietnamizing the War (1968-1973)--President Nixon's program of troop pull-outs, stepped-up bombing and huge arms shipments to Saigon changed the war, and left GI's wondering which of them would be the last to die in Vietnam. 109--Cambodia and Laos--Despite technical neutrality, both of Vietnam's smaller neighbors were drawn into the war, suffered massive bombing, and in the case of Cambodia, endured a post-war holocaust of nightmare proportions. 110--Peace is at Hand (1968-1973)--While American and Vietnamese continued to clash in battle, diplomats in Paris argued about making peace, after more than four years reaching an accord that proved to be a preface to further bloodshed. 111--Homefront USA--Americans at home divide over a distant war, clashing in the streets as demonstrations lead to bloodshed, bitterness and increasing doubts about the outcome. 112--The End of the Tunnel (1973-1975)--Through troubled years of controversy and violence, U.S. casualties mounted, victory remained elusive and American opinion moved from general approval to general dissatisfaction with the Vietnam war. 113--Legacies--Vietnam is in the Soviet orbit, poorer than ever, at war on two fronts; America's legacy includes more than one half million Asian refugees, one half million Vietnam veterans and some questions that won't go away. Series release date: 9/1983

Program Description

While American and Vietnamese continued to clash in battle, diplomats in Paris argued about making peace, after more than four years reaching an accord that proved to be a preface to further bloodshed.

Duration

00:57:07

Asset Type

Raw video

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Foreign ministers
France--Colonies--Asia
United States--History--1945-
Vietnam--History--1945-1975
Bombing, Aerial--Vietnam
Vietnam (Democratic Republic)
Vietnam (Republic)
United States--Foreign relations--Soviet Union
Vietnam--Politics and government
Peace treaties
Political prisoners
Le, Duc Tho, 1911-1990
Foreign ministers
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
United States--Foreign relations--China
United States--Politics and government
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Personal narratives, Vietnamese
Kissinger, Henry, 1923-
United States
Vietnam
Nguyen, Co Thach, 1921-1998
Presidents--Election
Armistices
Genres
Documentary
Topics
War and Conflict
Creators
Ellison, Richard (Series Producer)
Contributors
Nguyen, Co Thach, 1921-1998 (Interviewee)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Rights Summary

No materials may be re-used without references to appearance releases and WGBH/UMass Boston contract. 2) It is the liability of a production to investigate and re-clear all rights before re-use in any project. Rights Holder: WGBH Educational Foundation

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Chicago: “Vietnam: A Television History; Peace is at Hand (1968 - 1973); Interview with Nguyen Co Thach, 1981,” 02/24/1981, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 10, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E5AD0191AB234739AEBF129560553A7D.
MLA: “Vietnam: A Television History; Peace is at Hand (1968 - 1973); Interview with Nguyen Co Thach, 1981.” 02/24/1981. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 10, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E5AD0191AB234739AEBF129560553A7D>.
APA: Vietnam: A Television History; Peace is at Hand (1968 - 1973); Interview with Nguyen Co Thach, 1981. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E5AD0191AB234739AEBF129560553A7D
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