Gulf of Tonkin Incident and Resolution

They sunk our battleship! An engaging activity focuses on the Gulf of Tonkin Incident and the sinking of the USS Maddox. Young historians learn how it increased tensions leading to the Vietnam War and read through a first draft of the resolution. Academics participate in a group discussion to understand if the US government's actions were warranted and finish by completing a worksheet. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Compare The Gulf of Tonkin Incident to the sinking of the Lusitania
  • Show images or share information about the soldiers who lost their lives on the USS Maddox 
Classroom Considerations
  • A portion of the activity is completed online 
  • Resource is easy to complete individually, in pairs, or as a group
  • Activity uses primary sources to engage learners 
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