This Day in History

Sept. 2, 1945: Vietnam Declared Independence from France

Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies

On Sept. 2, 1945, Ho Chi Minh declared the independence of Vietnam from France. The proclamation paraphrased the U.S. Declaration of Independence in declaring, “All men are born equal: the Creator has given us inviolable rights, life, liberty, and happiness!”

Ho Chi Minh

President Ho Chi Minh. Click for photos of elections in 1946.  (Note that Sept. 2 is also the anniversary of Ho Chi Minh’s death in 1969.)

Here is a lesson on this key turning point in Vietnam’s history that is generally left out of textbook accounts of the Vietnam War.