Roots of a War


The American war in Vietnam lasted for fifteen years, but the people of Vietnam have been at war on their own soil for more than 2,000 years. “Roots of a War” traces the legacy of conflict in Vietnam from the first century rebellion against Chinese domination through the growth of the revolutionary resistance movement against French colonial exploitation in the twentieth century. The program examines the life and career of Ho Chi Minh, who organized the underground Vietminh movement to oppose the French presence and to aid the Americans against the Japanese in World War II. But despite the good relations between the Americans and Ho Chi Minh, French and British hostility to the Vietnamese revolution laid the groundwork for a new war.