Vietnam War

Fort Hood Three

Jun. 30, 1966: Fort Hood Three Release Public Statement on Vietnam Refusal
By | June 30, 2014

On June 30, 1966, the Fort Hood Three issued public statement about their refusal to be sent to Vietnam. They denounced the war as “immoral, illegal, and unjust.”
In front of over 40 cameramen, reporters, and activists, the three declared (through a statement delivered by Private Dennis Mora, since the …
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Mar. 8, 1971: FBI’s COINTELPRO Exposed
By | March 8, 2014

On March 8, 1971, a cab driver, a day care provider, and two professors broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, and stole more than 1,000 classified documents that they then mailed anonymously to several U.S. papers. They were members of the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI. They …
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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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Who Killed Sammy Youngee Jr.? SNCC, Vietnam, and the Fight for Racial Justice (Article) - Sammy Young Jr | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Who Killed Sammy Younge Jr.? SNCC, Vietnam, and the Fight for Racial Justice
By | January 3, 2016

Article. Introduction by Zinn Education Project (2016). Statement by SNCC. 1966.
Statement by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee on the Vietnam War, issued three days after the murder of military veteran Sammy Younge Jr.

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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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Teaching the Vietnam War: Beyond the Headlines
By | November 22, 2011

Teaching Activity. Zinn Education Project. 100 pages.
Eight lessons about the Vietnam War, Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers, 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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Teaching With Voices of a People's History

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 (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

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

Books – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 2005, with a new introduction by Anthony Arnove in 2015. 784 pages.
Howard Zinn’s groundbreaking work on U.S. history. This book details lives and facts 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. 83 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.
This “graphic novel” from the 1960s was written to provide a critical 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. 1967; republished in 2013. 131 pages.
One of the earliest and most influential antiwar books.

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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 (original edition, 1972). 196 pages.
Essays, drawings, and poems by Laotian villagers who survived almost ten years of widespread, persistent, and devastating bombing during the Vietnam War in a covert operation in Laos.

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Voices of a People’s History of the United States (Book, 10th anniv.) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Voices of a People’s History of the United States, 10th Anniversary Edition
By | January 23, 2011

Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove. 2014. 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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