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Vietnam War

The “Corner” Theory of History: Vietnam in a Moral Vacuum

The PBS documentary series American Experience has saved me more than I want to admit (though, just did). It is a go-to series for my courses, especially surveys. I imagine I am not alone in making this confession. You know the promo and intro, the black screen, the series logo spelled out with the stripes of the American flag waving where the “E” should be. Music comes up and a scene that captures the drama of the episode begins. Call it symbolic history or history as drama, it often works to illustrate themes I explore in courses and, perhaps most Read more