Relic Room lecture to address failure to ‘win hearts and minds’ in Vietnam
Scott Kaufman, chairman of the history department at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C., will talk about the efforts to win the political battle
The Revolutionary Development Plan, which was later folded into a larger program called Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support, or CORDS, was an attempt to counteract Viet Cong and North Vietnamese influence in rural areas across South Vietnam. This counterinsurgency effort was referred to as “pacification.” There had been earlier efforts to achieve the same objectives, such as the Strategic Hamlet Program back during the ill-fated Diem regime. That had failed, and by 1965, the estimate was that about 230,000 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese regulars were in the South, with the number rising.
Date & Time
June 28, 2019
12:00PM - 1:00PM