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The Vietnam War tells the story of one of the most divisive episodes in modern American history through primary sources, ranging from government documents, news reports, speeches, popular songs to memoirs, writings by Vietnam veterans (including coauthor John Fitzgerald), and poetry byVietnamese and Americans on matching themes. The book begins in the 19th century when Vietnam became a French colony, and traces the insidious route by which the United States became involved in a war on the other side of the world.
Table of Contents
|What is a Document?||p. 6|
|How to Read a Document||p. 8|
|A Little History, by Way of Introduction||p. 11|
|The First Indochina War||p. 25|
|Vietnam Approaches America||p. 29|
|America Responds||p. 31|
|Waist Deep in the Big Muddy||p. 41|
|A Temporary Peace||p. 44|
|Eisenhower's Vietnam||p. 48|
|Kennedy's War||p. 58|
|America's War||p. 67|
|The War Expands||p. 73|
|The Public Debate||p. 80|
|Picture Essay: Selling Patriotism||p. 89|
|Going to War||p. 97|
|Soldiers at War||p. 97|
|Other Voices||p. 105|
|The Condition of the Army||p. 113|
|A People Divided||p. 117|
|The African-American Community||p. 117|
|Opposition within the Military||p. 124|
|Nixon's War||p. 129|
|My Lai||p. 131|
|The Nixon Doctrine||p. 136|
|Bombing Hanoi to the Bargaining Table||p. 143|
|After the War||p. 147|
|Looking Back||p. 149|
|Further Reading and Web Sites||p. 165|
|Text Credits||p. 167|
|Picture Credits||p. 169|
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