Category Archives: Vietnam War

Past Personal: Teaching the Vietnam War as History

[Note:  This piece originated as a talk to a group of history teachers; it explains the genesis of the series, already posted here, “Growing Up With Vietnam.” (Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4] * * * * * When I began … Continue reading

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Editorial, “On Dixie Station”

[NOTE: The following editorial comes from the History Department newsletter in April 2000. Like the previous post, this one  reflects on teaching about–and remembering–the War in Vietnam.] * * * * * I spent a recent Saturday at a seminar, … Continue reading

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“Springtime and Vietnam”

[NOTE: : For a number of years, I edited the History Department newsletter at my school. Each issue opened with an editorial. Below is one from March 2000, about ten years after I had begun delivering annually my “Growing Up With … Continue reading

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Paying the Cost to be the Boss, with apologies to B.B. King (Growing Up With Vietnam, IV)

[This concluding segment of the lecture was the part that, unfortunately in my view, I found I needed to update  virtually every year, in order to fit more recent adventures in American foreign policy into the context created by the autobiographical portion of … Continue reading

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Coming to Terms (Growing Up With Vietnam, III)

 [This segment covers the period between 1968, when I left the Army for grad school in History, and 1988, when the Vietnam Warfinally ended for me, sort of. For a list of sources, see Part IV] * * * * … Continue reading

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What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (Growing Up With Vietnam, II)

[As the title indicates, this part of the story concerns my two-year tour of active duty in the U.S. Army, 1966-1968. (Go here for Part I, on my pre-Army life and the early years of the Vietnam involvement.  For a … Continue reading

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Only A Small Cloud on the Horizon (Growing Up With Vietnam, I)

  [Over the next several posts, I plan to serialize  a lecture, “Growing Up With Vietnam,” that played a very important part in my life and in my teaching career.  It took a long time to write, as you will learn, but, once  finished, … Continue reading

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