Beyond Vietnam

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On April 4, 1967 Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his speech "Beyond Vietnam." The controversy that followed is the focus of a three-lesson unit that asks class members to consider the political and social implications of King's stance. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • To establish the context for the speech, have class members read the attached article and watch the PBS documentary, Eyes on the Prize: The Promised Land
Classroom Considerations

  • The first lesson in the unit places King's speech in its historical context
  • In the second lesson class members read editorials and letters in support of and opposed to King's decision to speak out against the war
  • The final lesson in the unit asks individuals to craft argument essay in which they use evidence from materials they have studied to support their stance
Pros

  • The question of whether or not the Vietnam War should be viewed in the larger social and political context is left for individuals to decide
Cons

  • None