In conjunction with our exhibition, this curriculum considers one of the major turning points—and most controversial events—of the 20th century: the Vietnam War. Spanning the duration of U.S. involvement in the region, The Vietnam War: 1945-1975 examines the perspectives and experiences of those on the war front and the home front to facilitate understanding of one of the most complex chapters in American history.
The classroom materials include eight clusters that focus on important themes and topics from the exhibition, such as the Cold War, the draft, military campaigns initiated by both sides, the growth of the antiwar movement, the role of the president, and the loss of political consensus. Through a chronological and thematic approach, this curriculum encourages a broad discourse about the conflict’s causes, conduct, and consequences.
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