Ken Burns Classroom

Battle of Dien Bien Phu

Ken Burns Film: The Vietnam War

Collections: Postwar United States (1945-1970s)

Subject: US History

Grade Level: 9-12

In July 1953, the Korean War ended in a negotiated settlement and a divided peninsula. American policymakers saw it as proof that communism in Asia could be contained. Ho Chi Minh agreed to meet with the French to discuss ending the fighting in Vietnam. But then the Battle of Dien Bien Phu happened.