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Vietnam War



  • Vietnam's Postwar Refugee Crisis

    “The United States doesn’t take enough into account how refugee migration and displacement are a part of all of our foreign policy interventions,” says historian Phuong T. Nguyen. “We need to be prepared to handle the humanitarian crisis that inevitably follows.” 


  • The Media's Failure on Agent Orange

    by Ron Steinman

    The media seldom covers the ongoing harm caused by Agent Orange because little of the story is "news." This is a failure of duty to inform the public about the callous use of the defoliant that may allow similar wartime ecological catastrophes in the future. 



  • Secrets That Were No Secret, Lessons That Were Not Learned

    by Andrew Bacevich

    The Pentagon Papers are a document of the hubris and ignorance of American military leaders in the Vietnam era, but Andrew Bacevich warns that the idea that global problems are amenable to being solved by American arms remains dangerously popular. 


  • The Night Vietnam Veterans Stormed Bunker Hill

    by Elise Lemire

    The Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775 was a military defeat for the Continental Army but a coup for morale. In 1971, Vietnam Veterans Against the War won a nonviolent battle at the site for the allegiance of the working class residents of Charlestown. 



  • The White Men Who Wanted to Be Victims: Joe Darda's "How White Men Won the Culture Wars"

    by Chris Lehmann

    Joe Darda argues that the convergence of three cultural trends – the turn of the Vietnam veterans' movement away from antiwar politics and toward treating trauma, white ethnic identity politics, and the backlash to civil rights and feminism – birthed a potent strain of white male grievance politics in the 1970s that endures today.



  • The Girl in the Kent State Photo

    by Patricia McCormick

    Mary Ann Vecchio's life was forever changed by being pictured in the famous photograph with Kent State shooting victim Jeffrey Miller; she became a lightning rod for a nation's anger at age 14. 



  • Biden Can Redeem His Mistake

    by George Packer

    Writer George Packer argues that withdrawing from Afghanistan repeats a mistake of the Vietnam era: abandoning groups who took the grave risk of allying with the United States.