Analyzing US Involvement in the Vietnam War

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War: unavoidable or a necessary evil? A thought-provoking activity explores the United States' long involvement in the Vietnam War as well as the aftermath. Scholars research and summarize primary documents and complete online worksheets before viewing a short video from the National Archives. Academics participate in group discussion to understand why the Vietnam War was a divisive issue for many Americans. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Compare the United States' change from isolationists to major players in world affairs following WWII
  • Have learners conduct further research on the impact of the Vietnam War
Classroom Considerations
  • Must have Internet access to complete the activity 
  • The resource provides additional information to help educators guide the activity 
  • Activity is a great for practicing historical analysis 
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