Category Archives: Vietnam War

Underground newspapers: The social media networks of the 1960s and 1970s

Published in Detroit from 1965 to 1967, Free Poems Among Friends was one of a large number of literary undergrounds. “The social movements of the 1960s and 1970s transformed American politics, social life, and culture. From civil rights groups, to … Continue reading

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Hells Angels vs. Allen Ginsberg: The unlikely Vietnam War-era confrontation

“It would be an understatement to say the Hells Angels and Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg had differing world views. In the Vietnam War era, those views came into conflict in the Bay Area. A recent trip to The Chronicle’s … Continue reading

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Vietnam, Vietnam – Pete Hamill (April 1985)

“Sometimes, in odd places, it all comes back. You are walking a summer beach, stepping around oiled bodies, hearing only the steady growl of the sea. Suddenly, from over the horizon, you hear the phwuk-phwuk-phwuk of rotor blades and for … Continue reading

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Daniel Berrigan, My Dangerous Friend

“I was a twenty-two-year-old seminarian in 1965, struggling to imagine myself in what already seemed the impossible life of the Catholic priest, when I came upon the writing of Daniel Berrigan, a Jesuit poet. Berrigan, who died on Saturday at … Continue reading

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Ken Kesey on the Lam, Voice Goes to 15 cents!

“Where is novelist Ken Kesey? It has been months and still no word on him. Not since O. Henry, 70 years ago, has an American literary figure taken it on the lam after getting into trouble with the law. O. … Continue reading

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The Penguin History of Modern Vietnam by Christopher Goscha – review

A destroyed French tank and an aircraft propeller that are still kept as war relics in the Dien Bien Phu valley. “In 40 years, the relationship between the United States and Vietnam has swung about as widely as is possible … Continue reading

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When the Government Went After Dr. Spock

Benjamin Spock at a makeshift jail in Washington during a day of antiwar demonstrations in May 1971. “In the national memory of 1968 — dominated by images of student protests, police riots and assassinations — the Boston conspiracy trial of … Continue reading

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