TARGET – I can explain and evaluate the various reasons why people opposed the war in Vietnam.
America’s involvement in Vietnam was the most controversial issue of the 1960s and 70s, and the war created the most vocal and varied opposition of any war in our country’s history. What were the reasons for this opposition? Why did so many Americans oppose the American involvement in Vietnam? That’s your task for Wednesday / Thursday.
You will receive a SPECIFIC protest topic that you will share with your fellow protesters in class. Take a look at the resource(s) and jot down some of the reasons that the topic became controversial during the Vietnam conflict. Make a post on your class bulletin board describing WHY you are opposed to American involvement in Vietnam.
Then, create something that you would use to help spread your views at an anti-war rally during the conflict. You can make a protest sign, a leaflet or pamphlet to hand out, a protest button, a T-shirt – you name it!
Throughout the year, we spent some time learning about and reflecting on the life, challenges, impact, and sacrifices of the men and women who served the United States in our various military conflict. While we do not have a great deal of time to spend on the soldiers in the Vietnam War, it is important to examine their experience to understand the conflict, their sacrifice, and the honor they deserve … especially with our trip to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in April, our March to the Memorials, and Memorial Day on Monday. If you have the chance (and desire) please spend some time this weekend examining some of the resources below. And, don’t forget at least one of the readings from Doc – they are all great!
If you are really interested, you can check out the series “Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam” It’s powerful (and mature) stuff .. but if you want to know what it was like to be a soldier in Vietnam, this is the best resource.
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Use the links provided below (or ones that you find) to fill in the gaps between the mid 1950s and the onset of our final topic of the year – the Vietnam War. After you are done consulting the resources below, you should be able to discuss how each of the events led to greater tension between the two sides of the developing Cold War. You can take notes if you want – any way you want – if you want!
You all know that the United States was involved in a major military conflict in Vietnam during the Cold War … but why? What was America’s “path to war”? Check out the video below and a few of the links if you have a chance. As you read and watch, make sure that you can summarize the basic ideas and events that led to American involvement in Vietnam.
Focus on the following terms – France, Ho Chi Minh, communism, Ngo Dinh Diem, military advisors, Gulf of Tonkin, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Rolling Thunder
We have seen many of the seminal moments of push for African American civil rights, and hopefully you are all understanding not only what happened during the movement but also how we can learn from the movement today. However, the movement expanded to other groups and races, and we will focus on these groups or the rest of class.
Check out Learning from the Civil Rights Movement Part 3
The stories of the Civil Rights movement are plentiful. While we only have the opportunity to look at a few, we are definitely pulling out some great lessons from the push for equality after WWII. Keep working on Learning from the CRM by moving on to the second section of events. Try to get as far as you can!
What lessons have we learned so far? Take a look:
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The civil rights movement is one of the defining events in American history, during which Americans fought to make real the ideals of justice and equality embedded in our founding documents. When students learn about the movement, they learn what it means to be active American citizens. They learn how to recognize injustice. They learn about the transformative role played by thousands of ordinary individuals, as well as the importance of organization for collective change. They see that people can come together to stand against oppression.
For one of our final topics of study this year, we will be surveying the Civil Rights Movement, one of the major turning points in America’s story … and one that is still being experienced and told. Unfortunately, we will not be able to dig extremely deep into the movement, but we will see many of the seminal moments from the push for equality and make connections to our current society and our own lives.
To learn about the movement, you must witness it – your first task is to examine the early events of the movement, find out what happened, and start to examine the the lessons we can learn. Get going on this, and make sure you split it up!
The most important global event in the 20th century had a huge impact on the United States specifically and on the world in general. What was the legacy of the war? Complete “The Legacy of WWII” and check out the resources below to come to class with an idea about the overall impact of the second World War.