The Vietnam War is the pivotal political event of the baby boom generation, one that shaped attitudes and motivated actions that continue to have profound personal and national consequences. It was the first "television war," the first "rock and roll war," and the first war strongly influenced by its rapidly growing unpopularity at home.
This collection of essays by highly respected social historians looks at the Vietnam War era through the eyes of the ordinary citizens caught up in those tumultuous times. Focusing on the period between 1961 and 1975 -- from the dramatic U.S. military escalation to the fall of Saigon -- it offers fresh insight on the impact of the war on individuals on the home front and the battlefront.
Each chapter of Vietnam War Era: People and Perspectives examines how a particular group of Americans interacted with the war and its related issues, among them military advisors and soldiers, the silent majority and antiwar activists, women, labor unions, African Americans, students, government leaders, veterans, the media, and religious communities. The authors draw clear connections between the stories of individual lives and the larger social movements that defined the era's human drama.
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