Understanding and Teaching the Vietnam War
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Our in spi ra tion for this pro ject began with the ca reer of an amaz ing teacher and pro lific scholar, Har vey Gold berg. Born in New Jer sey in 1922, he earned both his under grad u ate de gree and his PhD in his tory from the Uni ver sity of Wis con sin–Mad i son, com plet ing his dis ser ta tion on the life and con tri bu tions of the French so cial ist Jean Ju arès. He ...
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This book would not have been pos sible with out the con tri bu tions of Har vey Goldberg’s for mer stu dents, who have gen er ously con trib uted time and money to sus tain his leg acy at both the Uni ver sity of Wis con sin and Ohio State Uni ver sity. The three of us all worked in the Har vey Gold berg Cen ter for Ex cel lence in Teach ing (then the Har vey Gold berg ...
Introduction: Key Questions and Enduring Debates - John Day Tully, Matthew Masur, and Brad Austin
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Any teacher who has taught the Viet nam War (or stu dent who has learned about it) will rec og nize cer tain in her ent chal lenges in de fin ing the con flict. For ex am ple, how do we iden tify the be gin ning and end points? Did it start, as many Americans be lieve, when US Ma rines ar rived in Da nang in 1965? If so, what does that mean for the first American com bat fa tal ities, which ...
Part One: Reflections on Teaching the Vietnam War
Teaching the Vietnam War: A Life History - Marilyn B. Young
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I began teach ing about Viet nam and its wars in 1969, in the Res i den tial Col lege at the Uni ver sity of Mich i gan, Ann Arbor. We, the stu dents and fa culty, were liv ing through the war to gether, though only the young men in the col lege had to fear being sent to fight in it. The stu dents and fa culty went to the same local dem on stra tions, rode the same buses to Wash ing ton for the bi an nual ...
Teaching the Vietnam War: Recollections and Reflections from More than Thirty Years - George C. Herring
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From the time I started teach ing, the Viet nam War was cen ter stage. I began my first job at Ohio Uni ver sity in Sep tem ber 1965, just two months after Pres i dent Lyn don Baines John son had an nounced a major in crease in US forces in Viet nam and their as sump tion of a com bat role. Do mes tic protest against the war was ris ing, es pe cially on cam puses. Like most uni ver sities at that time, ...
Part Two: Methods and Sources
Putting Students in “Their Shoes”: A Decision-Making Approach to Teaching the Vietnam War - Kevin O’Reilly
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Amer ica’s ex pe ri ence in the Viet nam War was a re sult of a se ries of de ci sions made within spe cific his tor i-cal con texts. Many les sons can be learned by look ing back and an a lyz ing these de ci sions. Stu dents, how ever, will learn most when mak ing de ci-sions for them selves, based on the in for ma tion the de ci sion mak ers had at the time, be fore they know what the de ci sion mak ers ac tu ally did. In ...
Understanding the Vietnam Era through Music - Hugo A. Keesing
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Over seventy-five years ago Sig mund Spa eth wrote that pop u lar music “had be come a most re veal ing index to American life.” He went on to say, “[I]t will tell as much to fu ture stu dents of cur rent civ il iza tion as any his to ries . . . of the time.”1 Even as music changed over the decades, its abil ity to cap ture the ethos What makes music a unique source for learn ing about the Viet nam ...
“We Must Bear a Good Deal of Responsibility for It”: The White House Tapes and the War in Vietnam - Mitchell B. Lerner
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Americans seek ing to under stand (and teach ers seek ing to teach) a par tic u lar pres i den tial ad min is tra tion or govern ment pol icy rarely suf fer from a short age of pri mary ma te ri als from which to seek en light en ment. The sheer vol ume of doc u ments pro-duced by the American govern ment can be over whelm ing, es pe cially if they are com bined with ma te ri als from in for mal ad vis ers or foreign ...
Movies and the Vietnam War - Scott Laderman
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Whether we like it or not (and, I sus pect, most of us do not), mo vies are how many of our stu dents first en coun ter the Viet nam War. In fact, it is often the only way they have en coun tered it. They may have been touched by the de pic tions of hero ism and sac ri fice in Mel Gibson’s We Were Sol diers. They may have been thrilled by the ex ploits of Rambo, ar gu ably Amer ica’s most fa mous ...
The Books We Carry: Teaching the Vietnam War through Literature - Maureen Ryan
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The un named narrator-protagonist of Ward Just’s 1984 novel The American Blues is strug gling to com plete his his tory of the Viet nam War. Like Just, the nar ra tor was a jour nal ist in Viet nam ear lier in the war, and he is “ob sessed” with Amer ica’s long mis ad ven ture in South east Asia. It is April 1975, and the tele vi sion cover age of the loom ing, dra matic fall of Sai gon sum mons the narrator’s ...
Teaching the Vietnam War in the Internet Age: Libraries, Websites, and Information Literacy - Richard Hume Werking and Brian C. Etheridge
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...ad dressed his fel low Williams Col lege alumni dur ing a ban quet at Delmonico’s in New York City. “I am not will ing,” Gar field of fered in praise of the college’s pres i dent, “that this dis cus sion should close with out men tion of the value of a true teacher. Give me a log hut, with only a sim ple bench, Mark Hop kins on one end and I on the other, and ...
Hearts, Minds, and Voices: The Vietnam War and Oral History - Andrew Darien
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The prom ise of oral his tory re sides in the po tency of voices from the past, and fewer col lec tions of oral his to ries are more pro dig ious than those on the Viet nam War. Teach ers and stu dents can tap into audio, video, print, and the web to mine thou sands of local, re gional, na tional, and inter na tional oral his to ries of the Viet nam War. For non tra di tional learn ers, read ing, lis ten ing to, ...
Part Three: Understanding and Teaching Specific Content
Nationalism, Communism, and the Vietnam War - Matthew Masur
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Two nar ra tives or frame works tend to dom i nate his tor i- cal teach ing of the Viet nam War. In the “na tion al ist” nar ra tive, the strug gle in Viet nam pit ted local na tion al ists against tra-di tional French co lo ni al ism and its suc ces sor, American neo-imperialism. In the “Cold War” nar ra tive, the United States, guided by the dic tates of con tain ment, grad u ally and in cre men tally inter vened in Viet nam to ...
From the French to the Americans - Kathryn C. Statler
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For most teach ers and stu dents, the story of American in volve ment in Viet nam be gins in the 1960s, with a brief over view of ear lier US ac tions there. Usu ally miss ing from this nar ra tive is the French ex pe ri ence. France had con sol i dated con trol in Viet nam, Cam bo dia, and Laos by the 1880s and re fused to re lin quish its grasp as the post–World War II pro cess of de col o ni za tion began. ...
Teaching the Antiwar Movement: Confronting Popular Myths,Teaching Complexity - David Steigerwald
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Al though I have been teach ing the his tory of the Viet- nam War to col lege stu dents for more than twenty years, I am al ways a lit tle ap pre hen sive about the things they carry into the class room. How ever in dif fer ent they seem, they are rarely blank Teach ing the sub ject might be easier if they were. It is not what they don’t know but what they think they know that wor ries me. Far more ...
The Vietnamese Sides of the “American” War - Tuan Hoang
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I have taught the Viet nam War classes a half dozen times at three uni ver sities.1 In the final exam, I have al ways in cluded a vari a tion of the fol low ing ques tion, whether as a reg u lar essay or an extra-credit mini-essay: “In your opin ion, which of the fol low ing years was the most sig nifi cant in the long Viet nam con flict: 1950, 1954, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1973, 1975, or 1979? First, de scribe what ...
“America’s Most Loyal Allies”: The Hmong and the War - Chia Youyee Vang
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The first time I taught a course on the Viet nam War it was to a class of two hun dred stu dents at the Uni ver-sity of Wis con sin–Mil wau kee. Sim i lar to all first-day classes, I briefly intro duced my self by high light ing my ed u ca tional back ground, then my re search and teach ing inter ests be fore mov ing on to the syl la bus. At a meet ing with my teach ing as sist ants the fol low ing week, one of ...
Vietnamese Americans in the Context of the Vietnam War - Karín Aguilar-San Juan
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In the decades since the end of the Viet nam War, the Viet na mese American com mu nity has claimed Lit tle Sai gon in Orange County, Cal i for nia, as its un of fi cial “cap i tal.” In other re gions, such as San Jose, Cal i for nia; New Or leans, Loui siana; Hous ton, Texas; Falls Church, Vir ginia; and Dor ches ter, Mas sa chu setts, rel a tively dense but smaller con cen tra tions of Viet na mese exert their in flu ence via ...
The Tet Offensive in the Classroom - Andrew Wiest
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Teach ing the Tet Of fen sive is al ways quite re ward ing, in part due to Tet’s un par alleled cen tral ity to the out come of the war and its role in the pub lic per cep tion of the Viet nam War era. For most who lived through that pe riod, Tet and its after math re main etched in their mem o ries—mem o ries in ti mately inter twined with the so ci etal tu mult of 1968. The sep ar ate roil ing streams that made ...
Teaching the Collective Memory and Lessons of the Vietnam War - David Fitzgerald and David Ryan
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The US col lec tive mem ory and the les sons of the Viet nam War re main highly con ten tious. This essay ad vances sug ges tions on how to teach and gen er ate learn ing ex pe ri ences that cap ture the di ver sity of opin ion and ar gu ment on these phe nom ena. It is im por tant, at least from our per spec tive, that the teacher es chews di dac tic en gage ment with the stu dents. We con sider it far more per ti-...
Teaching the Vietnam War in Secondary Schools and Survey Classrooms - Stephen Armstrong
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The Viet nam War con tin ues to be a fa vor ite topic for many high school stu dents and teach ers alike. A num ber of stu dents have seen at least part of some Viet nam movie even if it is only the Vietnam-related scenes of For rest Gump. Some stu dents are still fas ci nated by the over all sub ject of the 1960s or have heard an uncle or other rel a tive dis cuss his (or in some cases her) in volve ment in ...
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Page Count: 264
Illustrations: 22 b/w illus.
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: The Harvey Goldberg Series