Ellen Herman

Department of History, University of Oregon


HIST 203, Week 7, Key Terms

1960 Kennedy-Nixon debate was the first to be televised

The Great Society

The Civil Rights Act of 1964

The Voting Rights Act of 1965

The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 (legislative cornerstone of the War on Poverty)

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965

Medicare and Medicaid, 1965

National Welfare Rights Organization

The New Left

Students for a Democratic Society, founded 1960

Young Americans for Freedom, founded 1960

domino theory

Ho Chi Minh and the Vietminh

Republic of Vietnam, established 1949

first and second Vietnam wars (first was against France, 1946-1954; second was against the United States)

National Liberation Front (NLF), formed 1960

VC or Vietnamese Communists (“Vietcong”)

Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, August 1964

“Rolling Thunder”: bombing campaign against North Vietnam, 1965-1968

credibility gap

Tet Offensive, January 1968

Pentagon Papers

student draft deferments

Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations