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Cauldron of ResistanceNgo Dinh Diem, the United States, and 1950s Southern Vietnam$
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Jessica M. Chapman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450617

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450617.001.0001

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“Sink or Swim with Ngo Dinh Diem”

“Sink or Swim with Ngo Dinh Diem”

(p.61) Chapter 3 “Sink or Swim with Ngo Dinh Diem”
Cauldron of Resistance

Jessica M. Chapman

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the United States' support for Ngo Dinh Diem as leader of South Vietnam. As the French war was winding down, the United States identified as one of its key objectives the “development of indigenous leadership which will be truly representative and symbolic of Indo-Chinese national aspirations and win the loyalty and support of the people.” Washington had long lamented Bao Dai's failure to inspire nationalist support and hoped to establish a noncommunist Vietnamese government that could do just that. This chapter discusses the Eisenhower administration's decision to throw its support behind Ngo Dinh Diem, who was appointed by Bao Dai as prime minister amidst the Geneva Conference that resulted in a Franco–Viet Minh ceasefire following the battle at Dien Bien Phu. It also considers the response of politico-religious leaders when they were excluded by Ngo Dinh Diem from power, along with its implications for the new South Vietnamese government and the American project of containing communism in Southeast Asia.

Keywords:   communism, United States, Ngo Dinh Diem, South Vietnam, Bao Dai, Geneva Conference, Dien Bien Phu

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