As summer comes to a close, and we look forward to the new school year, many of you may be designing lesson plans to cover the complex and complicated topic of the Vietnam War. This conflict remains as hotly-debated and controversial now as it did back in the 60s and 70s, however, our tools and resources for exploring the various themes within the topic are ever-expanding.
PBS LearningMedia has a collection of resources available to help students explore the social and political dynamics of the Vietnam War while examining why, how, and by whom the Vietnam War was fought. Students will identify the Vietnam War’s legacy and lasting toll on veterans and American culture, as well as how the conflict has shaped US foreign policy.
To give older students a new perspective on the war, and the effects it had on those who experienced it first hand, you may consider showing them the new PBS documentary from Lynn Novick and Ken Burns titled THE VIETNAM WAR. This 10-part documentary series will begin airing on September 17th and run through the 28th, and will include rarely seen archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. THE VIETNAM WAR features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from the greatest artists of the era and haunting original music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma.