4.11 – The 1960s, Vietnam War, & Counter-Culture

The Vietnam War

Selected statements of U.S. presidents on Vietnam
George Kennan criticizes the war in Vietnam, 12.12.1965
Senator Fulbright’s “Arrogance of Power” speech, 1966
The United States Leaves Vietnam

Discussion questions concerning the Vietnam War

Conduct additional research if you wish to find additional information to answer the questions.

Why did the United States go to war to defend the government of South Vietnam?

What did supporters of the war effort argue? What did opponents of the war effort argue?

What reasons did Americans in the mid-1960s have to be confident that the United States could defeat its enemies in Vietnam?

What reasons did communists in Vietnam in the mid-1960s have to be confident that they could defeat the Americans and their Vietnamese allies?

What impact did the war have on American society?

Why did American public opinion ultimately turn against the American war effort and support the withdrawal of U.S. forces from South Vietnam?

The Counter-Culture

Photographs by Lisa Law, 1965-1971

History.com, 1968 Democratic Convention (watch the video here)

Patrick Jones, Review of America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s

Discussion questions for the Counter-Culture

Conduct additional research if you wish to find additional information to answer the questions.

What was ‘the counter-culture?’

Who was attracted to the lifestyle(s) promoted by the counter-culture?

What was the Students for a Democratic Society?

What were the origins of the counter-culture? In what ways was the counter-culture a reaction to the 1950s and early 1960s?

How did people involved in the counter-culture use music and fashion to express their personal identity and political beliefs?

How did the New Left evolve over the course of the 1960s?

How did the Vietnam War influence the counter-culture?

Research assignment

 

Find one song that, in your view, captures an important aspect of the counter-culture’s values. Provide a link  to the song in a comment to this post. Be prepared to explain the song’s significance and meaning in class discussion. (1% of final grade)

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