Understanding And Teaching The Vietnam War

Paperback | October 7, 2013

EditorJohn Day Tully, Matthew Masur, Brad Austin

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Just as the Vietnam War presented the United States with a series of challenges, it presents a unique challenge to teachers at all levels. The war had a deep and lasting impact on American culture, politics, and foreign policy. Still fraught with controversy, this crucial chapter of the American experience is as rich in teachable moments as it is riddled with potential pitfalls—especially for students a generation or more removed from the events themselves.
            Addressing this challenge, Understanding and Teaching the Vietnam War offers a wealth of resources for teachers at the secondary and university levels. An introductory section features essays by eminent Vietnam War scholars George Herring and Marilyn Young, who reflect on teaching developments since their first pioneering classes on the Vietnam War in the early 1970s. A methods section includes essays that address specific methods and materials and discuss the use of music and film, the White House tapes, oral histories, the Internet, and other multimedia to infuse fresh and innovative dimensions to teaching the war. A topical section offers essays that highlight creative and effective ways to teach important topics, drawing on recently available primary sources and exploring the war's most critical aspects—the Cold War, decolonization, Vietnamese perspectives, the French in Vietnam, the role of the Hmong, and the Tet Offensive. Every essay in the volume offers classroom-tested pedagogical strategies and detailed practical advice.
            Taken as a whole, Understanding and Teaching the Vietnam War will help teachers at all levels navigate through cultural touchstones, myths, political debates, and the myriad trouble spots enmeshed within the national memory of one of the most significant moments in American history.

Honorable Mention, Franklin Buchanan Prize for Curricular Materials, Association for Asian Studies and the Committee for Teaching about Asia

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Just as the Vietnam War presented the United States with a series of challenges, it presents a unique challenge to teachers at all levels. The war had a deep and lasting impact on American culture, politics, and foreign policy. Still fraught with controversy, this crucial chapter of the American experience is as rich in teachable momen...

John Day Tully is an associate professor of history at Central Connecticut State University and was the founding director of the Harvey Goldberg Program for Excellence in Teaching at the Ohio State University. Matthew Masur is an associate professor of history at Saint Anselm College, where he is codirector of the Father Peter Guerin C...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:366 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:October 7, 2013Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents
List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction: Key Questions and Enduring Debates
John Day Tully, Matthew Masur, and Brad Austin
Part 1. Reflections on Teaching the Vietnam War
1. Teaching the Vietnam War: A Life History
Marilyn B. Young
2. Teaching the Vietnam War: Recollections and Reflections from More than Thirty Years
George C. Herring
Part 2. Methods and Sources
3. Putting Students in "Their Shoes": A Decision-Making Approach
Kevin O'Reilly
4. Understanding the Vietnam Era through Music
Hugo A. Keesing
5. "We Must Bear a Good Deal of Responsibility for It": The White House Tapes and the War in Vietnam
Mitchell B. Lerner
6. Movies and the Vietnam War
Scott Laderman
7. The Books We Carry: Teaching the Vietnam War through Literature
Maureen Ryan
8. Teaching the Vietnam War in the Internet Age: Libraries, Websites, and Information Literacy
Richard Hume Werking and Brian C. Etheridge
9. Hearts, Minds, and Voices: The Vietnam War and Oral History
Andrew Darien
Part 3. Understanding and Teaching Specific Content
10. Nationalism, Communism, and the Vietnam War
Matthew Masur
11. From the French to the Americans
Kathryn C. Statler
12. Teaching the Antiwar Movement: Confronting Popular Myths, Teaching Complexity
David Steigerwald
13. The Vietnamese Sides of the 'American' War
Tuan Hoang
14. "America's Most Loyal Allies": The Hmong and the War
Chia Youyee Vang,
15. Vietnamese Americans in the Context of the Vietnam War
Karín Aguilar-San Juan
16. The Tet Offensive in the Classroom
Andrew Wiest
17. Teaching the Collective Memory and Lessons of the Vietnam War
David Ryan and David Fitzgerald
18. Teaching the Vietnam War in Secondary Schools and Survey Classrooms
Stephen Armstrong
 
Contributors
Index

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“Delivers useful material for anyone teaching the Vietnam war, and for Vietnam veterans and others interest in how the war is being taught in high schools and colleges.”—Vietnam Veterans of America