Understanding and Teaching the Vietnam War

Understanding and Teaching the Vietnam War

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299294137
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 10/07/2013
Series: Harvey Goldberg Series for Understanding and Teaching History
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

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 Center for Teaching Excellence. He is a member of the Teaching Committee of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and writes on American-Vietnamese relations. Brad Austin is a professor of history at Salem State University. He has served as chair of the American Historical Association's Teaching Prize Committee and has worked with hundreds of secondary teachers as the academic coordinator of many Teaching American History grants.

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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