The Turning Point of the Vietnam War and Johnson's Legacy


  • Ashwin Gupta


This essay, composed for a first-year writing seminar on 20th century American foreign policy, examines the circumstances and motivations behind President Lyndon Johnson’s choice to increase American involvement in the Vietnam War, as well as the eventual consequences of his foreign policy.

For additional context, listen to the author's reflection on the piece below.

Author Biography

Ashwin Gupta

Ashwin Gupta is a member of Vanderbilt's Class of 2022.

Author's Reflection



How to Cite

Gupta, A. (2019). The Turning Point of the Vietnam War and Johnson’s Legacy. SCAFFOLD: A SHOWCASE OF VANDERBILT FIRST-YEAR WRITING, 1. Retrieved from