Tag Archives: Vietnam War

Disputed Land, Disputed Souls

A North Vietnamese soldier helping a wounded South Vietnamese soldier in 1971. “Almost 50 years ago, Hoang Thi Lien became a full member of the People’s Revolutionary Party, the political leadership of the Vietcong. To win this honor she had … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Free Press

“The Los Angeles Free Press, also called ‘The Freep’, was among the most widely distributed underground newspapers of the 1960s. It is often cited as the first such newspaper. The Free Press was edited and published weekly, for most of … Continue reading

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The Women Who Covered Vietnam

Kate Webb earned a reputation as a fearless reporter during the Vietnam War. “This year Australia put the journalist Kate Webb on a stamp to commemorate the country’s Veterans Day. It is a reproduction of a famous photo of Kate … Continue reading

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Aquarius Rising

A protester at a demonstration against the Vietnam War during the Democratic National Convention, Chicago, 1968 “Certain years acquire an almost numinous quality in collective memory—1789, 1861, 1914. One of the more recent additions to the list is 1968. Its … Continue reading

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Political graphics of the “long 1960s”

Hell no, nobody goes. 1967. Frank Cieciorka, artist. Poster. Collection of Oakland Museum of California. “Posters are among the significant ephemera of the long 1960s. Synonymous with rebellion and visual wit, these fragile documents were densely packed cultural viruses capable … Continue reading

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CIA activities in Laos

Vietnamese soldiers in Laos “CIA activities in Laos started in the 1950s. In 1959, U.S. Special Forces began to train some Laotian soldiers in unconventional warfare techniques as early as the fall of 1959 under the code name Erawan. Under … Continue reading

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The Black Dwarf

“The Black Dwarf  was announced with a free broadsheet on 1 May 1968 and published four weeks later. The inspiration was the struggle of the Vietnamese liberation movement against American imperialism that had taken over territories from the European colonial … Continue reading

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