American History Blogs

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In this episode, the documentary focuses on a two-year period (1961–1963). First, however, Burns and Novick take us to 1967 and the terrifying experience of U.S. Marine John Musgrave who was sent out with two other soldiers from his base at Con Thien to set up an all-night “listening post.” Enemy soldiers came so close [...] [...]
Mon, Sep 18, 2017, Continue reading at the source
This episode's title, “Déjà Vu” (1858–1961), is meant to suggest that the American experience in Vietnam had already been experienced by the French who ruled Indochina (Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia) as a colony since the nineteenth century and fought a brutal eight-year war (1946–54) in an unsuccessful effort to maintain control. The same communist-led forces [...] [...]
Sun, Sep 17, 2017, Continue reading at the source
I'm standing in this water, wishing I had a boat I'm standing in this water, wishing I had a boat The only way I see is take my clothes and float Sippie Wallace, “The Flood Blues” When Beulah “Sippie” Wallace recorded “The Flood Blues” on a spring day in 1927, she sang about a [...] [...]
Fri, Sep 15, 2017, Continue reading at the source
This weekend, at last, The Vietnam War will land on our rooftops, ready to transport us back a half century and more to a conflict “begun in good faith, by decent people, out of fateful misunderstandings” that led to “a decade of agony—the most divisive period since the Civil War.” It was a “tragedy, immeasurable [...] [...]
Thu, Sep 14, 2017, Continue reading at the source
The September issue of The Journal of American History is now available online for subscribers. Included are articles by authors Andrew David Edwards, Sveinn Jóhannesson, Christina Snyder, and Alexandra Finley. We are also excited to share our interchange on HIV/AIDS and U.S. History with Jonathan Bell, Darius Bost, Jennifer Brier, Julio Capó Jr., Jih-Fei Cheng, Daniel M. Fox, Christina [...] [...]
Tue, Sep 12, 2017, Continue reading at the source