The Things They Carried

Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam :

A 1987 American documentary film inspired by the anthology of the same title. Using real letters written by American soldiers and archive footage, the film creates a highly personal experience of the Vietnam War.

War Letters:

from an exhibit at The Smithsonian- an online gallery of actual war letters (including ones from Vietnam)

Pop Culture Universe: The 1960's

For many Americans, the early 1960s seemed like a new, young, and energetic world as President John F. Kennedy and his family brought glamour, charm, and enthusiasm to the political scene. The civil rights and feminist movements represented the realization of democratic ideals. For others, the changes these movements ushered in represented social upheaval.The spirit of optimism of the early 1960s soon dissolved, as Kennedy and several others were assassinated, and the Vietnam War became a catalyst for social protest. The news media's scrutiny of America's role in Vietnam included broadcasting gruesome images on television, introducing many directly to the horrors of modern warfare
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Star Wars:

Find out how the Vietnam War helped inspire one of the greatest movie franchises in history.

Women in Vietnam:

Information from The History Channel about the 11,000 military women who were stationed in Vietnam during the conflict.

Pop Culture Universe: The 1970s

For many Americans, the 1970s were a decade of disillusionment. Some of the worst political scandals to ever hit the White House contributed to the country's sense of malaise. Post–World War II economic growth began to slow, and the Vietnam War continued on.Named the "Me Decade" by journalist Tom Wolfe in 1976, the 1970s were seen as a time of growing individuality and diminished civic engagement. Economically, politically, and socially, the decade was marked by growing cynicism and uncertainty as Americans questioned the integrity of their political leaders and institutions.
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Looking Back at the Vietnam War with Author and Veteran Tim O’Brien

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Thirty-five years after the conclusion of the Vietnam War, Tim O'Brien's collection of stories about an American platoon, The Things They Carried, is being reissued as it celebrates its own 20th anniversary. Jeffrey Brown talks to the author about the experiences that led him to write the book.
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DocsTeach from The National Archives:

This page has primary sources and document-based teaching activities related to the Vietnam War.

Infobase: Modern World History:

This resource has articles, primary sources, images, videos, and more related to the Vietnam War.(login is needed)

The Vietnam War

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An overview of the conflict whose burden became unbearable and fraught with hard lessons. Learn why the most powerful nation in the world could not obtain victory over Ho Chi Minh and the communist North Vietnamese. From the Gulf of Tonkin incident in August 1964 to the Tet Offensive, the war perpetually escalated. Meanwhile, divisive anti-war protests in America nearly tore the country apart. In January 1973, the Paris Peace Accord was signed. U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam, ending many years of bitter struggle. Log in using the Classroom Video On Demand login and password
By Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, available on Netflix (must have subscription to watch)This 10-part, 18-hour documentary series presents firsthand accounts of the Vietnam War from nearly 80 witnesses, including Americans who fought in the war and some who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both sides. Digitally remastered archival footage, photographs, historic television broadcasts and home movies offer different perspectives on the conflict.

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