The Vietnam War in the Classroom

TitleThe Vietnam War in the Classroom
Publication TypeWebsite
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsBurns, Ken
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This PBS website complements the ten-part, 18-hour documentary series by Ken Burns from 2017, which tells the story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides of the conflict, and includes rarely seen video footage, photographs taken by prominent photojournalists, iconic musical recordings, and audio recordings from inside three Presidential administrations. This complementary website offers 65 mini videos and 32 lesson plans, organized thematically, for grades 9-12. The five major topics are: “Origins of the Vietnam War,” “Early War Strategy,” “Later War Strategy,” “Experience of War,” and "Politics, Culture & Public Opinion.”

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