Historical Background

These brief essays shed light on the United States, South Vietnam, and Michigan State University during the early Cold War era.

US and the World

America's growing involvement in Vietnam in the 1950s was part of a long process of American expansion dating to the country's founding.

South Vietnam

The nation of South Vietnam emerged out of the political and military conflicts of Vietnam's transition from colonial rule to independence.

Michigan State University

Founded as a small agricultural school in 1855, Michigan State University grew to become a global university by the 1950s.