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 Friday / Monday.
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!
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
The Causes of the Vietnam War
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The stories of the Civil Rights movement are plentiful, and we only had time to dig into a few. Hopefully you are definitely pulling out some great lessons from the push for equality after WWII. As you complete Learning from the CRM part 2 and Civil Rights for All consider what you have learned – and how you can apply a lesson (or two) to your life.
After discussing the various events, ideas, leaders, and groups of the Civil Rights Movement, what lesson have you learned – and how can you apply this lesson to your life? Describe the lesson, how you learned it, and how you can utilize what you learned to make a positive step today, tomorrow, and/or in the future.
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! You will need this info for context in your next class, when we go to Washington DC in 1963 for the greatest speech of the 20th century!
As you dig into these amazing stories of perseverance and courage, think about the lessons that you/we can learn, and how we can apply these lessons to our lives today, and our world today – local, state, national, global.
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. Take some notes on these materials as well!
“War is no longer simply a battle between armed forces in the field. It is a struggle in which each side strives to bring to bear against the enemy the coordinated power of every individual and of every material resource at its command. The conflict extends from the soldier in the front line to the citizen in the remotest hamlet in the rear.”
American government report from 1939
The American home front was essential to the success of the US and the Allies in World War II, so one of our essential questions must be about the Home Front – right? Check out the reading guide handed out in class.