Vietnam and the Transformation of American Life
November 1999, Wiley-Blackwell
Introduction: Intersection: The Vietnam War and the Social and Political Movements of the 1960s 1
Part I The Vietnam War
1 Containment, Liberalism, and Vietnam: Background to the American War 13
2 Why (Not) Vietnam? The Vietnamese, the French, and the Americans to 1960 22
3 Destroying the Country to Save It: The American War on Vietnam, 1960-1968 61
4 The Empire Strikes Back: The Vietnam War from 1968 to 1975 101
Part II The Movements of the 1960s
5 “Many Deeds of War”: Hope and Anguish in the 1960s 139
6 Love Me, I’m a Liberal: The Politics of 1960s and Vietnam 150
7 The Struggles at Home: Civil Rights and Women’s Liberation 191
8 “One, Two, Three, What Are We Fightin’ For?” Cultural Politics in the Vietnam Era 234
* Uses the Vietnam War as a focal point for examining the transformation of American culture that occurred during that era.
* Designed for maximum effectiveness in the classroom, avoids a rigid historical chronology of the era in favor of integrating the major social upheaval of the era with the events of the war.