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“The Idiocy of War”

Chinook helicopter C.J. Hughes – Aug. 2017: “Long, unpopular and ultimately a failure, the Vietnam War remained so controversial after it ended that many veterans were loath to discuss their combat experiences in the conflict for decades—even among close family … Continue reading

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The Price of Peace Is Confusion – Renata Adler

Anti-Vietnam War protestors march on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C., November 27, 1965. December 4, 1965: “At almost every major university in the country, mimeograph machines operate by night in cluttered student apartments, coffeehouses are filled by day with animated political … Continue reading

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Sterling Hall bombing – August 24, 1970

“The Sterling Hall bombing that occurred on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus on August 24, 1970, was committed by four men as a protest against the university’s research connections with the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. It resulted in … Continue reading

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Alice’s Restaurant – Arthur Penn (1969)

“Alice’s Restaurant is a 1969 American comedy film directed by Arthur Penn. It is an adaptation of the 1967 folk song ‘Alice’s Restaurant Massacree‘, originally written and sung by Arlo Guthrie. The film stars Guthrie as himself, with Pat Quinn … Continue reading

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Why ‘The Graduate’ Is a Vietnam Movie

The Graduate (1967) “And here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson, for your part in stopping the Vietnam War. True, Anne Bancroft’s seductress was hardly known for her interest in foreign affairs. But the movie in which she starred left an indelible … Continue reading

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What a Combat Medic Still Carries

Rafael Matos was a combat medic in Vietnam in 1967. “The experience never leaves a combat medic: the sight, the smell, the touch of flowing blood. The mutilated limbs. The moment of watching, helpless, as life turns to death. Fifty … Continue reading

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Training Teenagers for Guerrilla Warfare in the Wealthy Suburbs? Welcome to 1969

Stephen Kling using a toy gun and a water balloon “grenade” while teaching guerrilla war tactics to students from Scarsdale High School. The girl in pigtails played a “peasant,” as the original caption put it. Aug. 14, 1969. “In the … 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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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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