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The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War

Challenges & Opportunities

Available to teachers only as part of the The Vietnam War Teacher Pass

The Vietnam War Teacher Pass includes:

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Sample of Challenges & Opportunities

Several aspects of the Vietnam War deserve study and we try to look at many of the most critical issues here. In separate lenses we examine the policy decisions that led to war, as well as the evolution of American policy during the war. We look at the domestic opposition that grew over the course of the 1960s, and the atrocities that became such a tragic and visible part of the war.

But running throughout our treatment are two related themes: the errors in judgment among policymakers that led to America's involvement in Vietnam, and the confusion within the American public as it struggled to understand the conflict that challenged their sense of American values and American power.