Vietnam War

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Camouflaging the Vietnam War: How Textbooks Continue to Keep the Pentagon Papers a Secret
By | June 18, 2013

By Bill Bigelow
In the Academy Award-winning documentary Hearts and Minds, Daniel Ellsberg, who secretly copied and then released the Pentagon Papers, offers a catalog of presidential lying about the U.S. role in Vietnam: Truman lied. Eisenhower lied. Kennedy lied. Johnson “lied and lied and lied.” Nixon lied.

Ellsberg concludes: “The American public was lied to month by month by each of these five administrations. As I say, it’s a tribute to the American public that their leaders perceived that they had to be lied to; it’s no tribute to us that it was so easy to fool the public.”

In June of 1971, Ellsberg surrendered to federal authorities at Post Office Square in Boston. Forty-two years later, few of the historical secrets that Ellsberg revealed—especially those that focus on the immediate post-World War II origins of U.S. involvement in Vietnam—appear in the school curriculum.

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History Textbooks: “Theirs” and “Ours”: A Rebellion or a War of Independence?
By | November 8, 2009

Teaching Activity. By John DeRose. 4 pages.
Analysis of textbook passages from different countries, videos and books are used to explore different perspectives about the same event in history, i.e. “Philippine-American War” vs. “War of Philippine Independence”.

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The Most Dangerous Man in America Teaching Guide
By | November 22, 2011

Teaching Activity. Zinn Education Project. 2010. 100 pages.
Eight lessons for use with the documentary film about Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers, the Vietnam War, and whistleblowing.

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Rethinking the Teaching of the Vietnam War
By | August 8, 2009

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 8 pages.
A role play on the history of the Vietnam War that is left out of traditional textbooks.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks to a crowd of an estimated 400,000 people at the United Nations plaza after an anti-Vietnam War march, New York, New York, April 15, 1967. Credit: Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images

A Revolution of Values
By | January 1, 2012

Teaching Activity. By Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 3 pages.
Text of speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Vietnam War, followed by three teaching ideas.

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Vietnam and Beyond: The Historic Resistance
By | November 13, 2008

Teaching Activity. By Mike Benbow and Robin Pickering. 17 pages.
Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 18 of “Voices of a People’s History of the United States” on opposition to the Vietnam War.

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Losing Control in the 1970s
By | November 13, 2008

Teaching Activity. By Jennifer Rosebrook. 16 pages.
Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 20 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on the legacy of scandal since the end of the Vietnam War and the Watergate break-in.

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Empire or Humanity?: What the Classroom Didn’t Teach Me about the American Empire
By | November 16, 2009

Article for Teachers and High School Students – PDF. By Howard Zinn. 4 pages.
An essay which raises questions about the justifications for empire building and imperialism.

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Colonialism in Asia: A Critical Look
By | November 22, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. By Susan Gage. 1993. 52 pages. Comic book tackles the history of colonialism in India, the Philippines and Vietnam.

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Howard Zinn on War
By | June 22, 2011

Book – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. Introduction by Marilyn B. Young. 2011. 272 pages. Essays spanning 1962 to 2006 that examine specific wars, wartime incidents, and the force of non-violence to move beyond war, if we are to survive.

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A People’s History of the United States: 1492 – Present
By | March 1, 2011

Books – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 2005. 702 pages.
Howard Zinn’s groundbreaking work on U.S. history. This book details the lives and facts that are rarely included in textbooks — an indispensable teacher and student resource.

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Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers
By | December 10, 2010

Book – Non-fiction. By Daniel Ellsberg. 2003. 512 pages.
A riveting behind-the-scenes account of Ellsberg’s decade of disillusionment leading up to Nixon’s resignation.

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Teaching the Vietnam War: A Critical Examination of School Texts and an Interpretive Comparative History Utilizing the Pentagon Papers and Other Documents
By | December 10, 2010

Book – Non-fiction. By William Griffen and John Marciano. 1979. 183 pages. Critique of the frameworks of U.S. history texts and engaging alternative history of the war.

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Vietnam: An Antiwar Comic Book
By | March 24, 2011

Book – Non-fiction. by Julian Bond and illustrated by T. G. Lewis. 1967. 19 pages.
A detailed history and analysis of the Vietnam War in an easy to read format.

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Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal
By | March 9, 2011

Book – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 2002. 144 pages. One of the earliest and most influential antiwar books, originally published in 1967, by people’s historian and activist Howard Zinn.

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The Vietnam Wars: 1945-1990
By | March 9, 2011

Book – Non-fiction. By Marilyn B. Young. 1991. 448 pages.
A detailed history of the Vietnam War.

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Voices from the Plain of Jars: Life Under an Air War
By | March 4, 2014

Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Fred Branfman. 2013. 176 pages.
Essays, drawings, and poems by Loatian villagers who survived an secret U.S. air raid during the Vietnam War.

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Voices of a People’s History of the United States
By | January 23, 2011

Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove. 2009. 704 pages. Speeches, letters, poems, and songs for each chapter of “A People’s History of the United States.”

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Whitewashing War: Historical Myth, Corporate Textbooks, and Possibilities for Democratic Education
By | March 5, 2011

Book – Non-fiction. By Christopher R. Leahey. 2010. 145 pages. A critical analysis of how textbooks represent U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

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Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam
By | May 15, 2010

Book – Fiction. By Walter Dean Myers. 2005. 40 pages. Upper elementary. Sophisticated picture book on one soldier’s patrol in Vietnam.

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Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1985
By | October 20, 2004

Film. Produced by Henry Hampton. Blackside. 1987. 360 min.
Comprehensive documentary history of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Hearts and Minds
By | January 5, 2006

Film. Directed by Peter Davis. 1974. 112 min.
Documentary about the Vietnam War.

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The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
By | June 7, 2010

Film. By Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith. 2009. 94 minutes.
The riveting story of how a Pentagon official risks life in prison by leaking 7,000 pages of a top secret report to the New York Times to help stop the Vietnam War.

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The People Speak – Extended Edition – DVD
By | January 10, 2011

Film. Directed by Howard Zinn, Chris Moore, and Anthony Arnove. 2009. 110 minutes.
Dramatic readings and performances based on Voices of a People’s History and A People’s History of the United States.

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Regret to Inform
By | March 15, 2011

Film. By Barbara Sonneborn. 1998. 72 minutes. Teaching guide by Bill Bigelow. Chapter from “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn. A profound documentary on the impact of war, with a teaching guide and the chapter of “A People’s History of the United States” on the Vietnam War, “Impossible Victory.”

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