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Vietnam War Photos That Made a Difference

“A group of people are huddled together in a jungle clearing, some with arms reaching toward a light from above. At first glance, perhaps an allegorical painting from the age of da Vinci. But on closer examination, it’s a black … Continue reading

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Echoes of 1969 – Harvard University and the Vietnam War

Shortly before noon on April 9, student demonstrators convened in front of Memorial Church before heading to University Hall to read their demands. … “In the late 1960s, American society seemed in crisis. The Tet Offensive that began in January … Continue reading

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The Secret War That Transformed the CIA

American helicopters land at Khe Sanh base, on the Laos border on February 1, 1971. “If you work at it, you can make a case that Americans fought on the right side in Vietnam. There is an argument — not … Continue reading

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Allen Ginsberg at the End of America

“In 1965, Bob Dylan gifted Allen Ginsberg with a Uher reel-to-reel tape recorder, which Ginsberg was to use to record his thoughts and observations as he traveled throughout the United States. Ginsberg, already heavily influenced by Jack Kerouac’s methods of … Continue reading

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The Things We Knew Then: Vivid Then, Fading Now?

“1. James Forman was a. ’68 Olympic heavyweight champion b. national director of the Congress of Racial Equality c. a Czechoslovakian film director d. executive secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee 2. In Easy Rider, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, … Continue reading

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Operation Ranch Hand

Four-plane defoliant run, part of Operation Ranch Hand “Operation Ranch Hand was a U.S. military operation during the Vietnam War, lasting from 1962 until 1971. Largely inspired by the British use of 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D (Agent Orange) during the Malayan … Continue reading

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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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I Survived Vietnam. Will I Survive This Pandemic?

Servicemen lined up at Tan Son Nhut Airfield, in South Vietnam, during services for American killed in action in 1962. “SARNANO, Italy — A very long time ago, I was one of more than two million American men and women … Continue reading

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Hollywood and Vietnam

“In writing to President Johnson in December 1965 about his intention to make a film about the Green Berets, John Wayne explained that it was ‘extremely important that not only the people of the United States but those all over … Continue reading

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What Was the Vietnam War About?

A group of South Vietnamese army soldiers and an American soldier with two captured Vietcong suspects, in Plaines des Joncs, South Vietnam. “Was America’s war in Vietnam a noble struggle against Communist aggression, a tragic intervention in a civil conflict, … Continue reading

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