The Vietnam War A History in Documents

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-04-17
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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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 Documentp. 8
A Little History, by Way of Introductionp. 11
The First Indochina Warp. 25
Vietnam Approaches Americap. 29
America Respondsp. 31
Waist Deep in the Big Muddyp. 41
A Temporary Peacep. 44
Eisenhower's Vietnamp. 48
Kennedy's Warp. 58
America's Warp. 67
The War Expandsp. 73
The Public Debatep. 80
Picture Essay: Selling Patriotismp. 89
Going to Warp. 97
Soldiers at Warp. 97
Other Voicesp. 105
The Condition of the Armyp. 113
A People Dividedp. 117
The African-American Communityp. 117
Opposition within the Militaryp. 124
Nixon's Warp. 129
My Laip. 131
The Nixon Doctrinep. 136
Bombing Hanoi to the Bargaining Tablep. 143
After the Warp. 147
Looking Backp. 149
Legaciesp. 160
Timelinep. 162
Glossaryp. 164
Further Reading and Web Sitesp. 165
Text Creditsp. 167
Picture Creditsp. 169
Indexp. 170
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