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The human tradition in the Vietnam era
Anderson, David L., 1946-
Publication Information:
Wilmington, DE : Scholarly Resources, 2000.
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xviii, 237 pages : portraits ; 24 cm.

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The Vietnam War was an immense national tragedy that played itself out in the individual experiences of millions of Americans. The conflict tested and tormented the country collectively and individually in ways few historical events have. The Human Tradition in the Vietnam Era provides window into some of those personal journeys through that troubled time. The poor and the powerful, male and female, hawk and dove, civilian and military, are all here. This rich collection of original biographical essays provides contemporary readers with a sense of what it was like to be an American in the 1960s and early 1970s, while also helping them gain an understanding of some of the broader issues of the era. The diverse biographies included in this book put a human face on the tensions and travails of the Vietnam Era. Students will gain a better understanding of how individuals looked at and lived through this contro-versial conflict in American history.

Author Notes

David L. Anderson is professor of history and chair of the Department of History and Political Science, and associate dean of arts and sciences at the University of Indianapolis.

Table of Contents

David L. AndersonWilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C.Kenton ClymerRobert D. SchulzingerGary Hess and John McNayElizabeth WeberWilliam J. BrinkerWilliam J. BrinkerDavid L. AndersonRobert Buzzanco and Leigh FoughtMelvin SmallJohn PradosClarence R. Wyatt
Introductionp. xi
I Americans Enter the Vietnam Quagmirep. 1
1 Francis Cardinal Spellman and "Spellman's War,"p. 3
2 Ambassador William Cattell Trimble and Cambodia, 1959-1962p. 23
3 Walt Rostow: Cheerful Hawkp. 43
4 "The Expert": Bernard Fall and His Critique of America's Involvement in Vietnamp. 63
II Americans Become Trapped in the Vietnam Quagmirep. 81
5 In My Brother's Name: The Life and Death of Spec. 4 Bill Weberp. 83
6 Seawillow Chambers: Soldier's Wifep. 97
7 Nancy Randolph, Army Nurse: "Ten Thousand Patients in Nine Months [and] All Downhill since Then,"p. 113
8 Bill Henry Terry Jr., Killed in Action: An African American's Journey from Alabama to Vietnam and Backp. 135
III Americans Struggle against the Vietnam Quagmirep. 153
9 David Shoup: Four-Star Troublemakerp. 157
10 Otto Feinstein, the McCarthy Campaign in Michigan, and Campus Activism during the Cold Warp. 175
11 Daniel Ellsberg: The Man Who Uncovered the Warp. 195
12 Peter Arnett: Reporting America's Wars from Saigon to Baghdadp. 213
Indexp. 231