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Websites from the POV archives

Vietnam

Re: Vietnam Stories Since the War
(A POV Web-only project)
This site is designed as a gathering place for personal stories and a forum for dialogues about Vietnam's legacy. (1996)

Regret to Inform
In this Academy Award nominated film, filmmaker Barbara Sonneborn is compelled to make a brave pilgrimage to the remote Vietnamese countryside where her husband died. She explores the meaning of war and loss on a human level and weaves interviews with Vietnamese and American widows into a vivid testament to the chilling legacy of war. (2000)

Soldados: Chicanos in Vietnam
Author Charley Trujillo guides us through the war and post-war experiences of a group of Mexican-American soldiers who fought in Vietnam. The young soldiers could hardly guess just how profoundly the insulated life they knew in their hometown of Corcoran, California would be changed by their experiences in Southeast Asia. Read excerpts from personal accounts of the Vietnam War and find out about the differences between serving in the U.S. Army then, and serving in the army now. (2003)

Mai's America
A spunky Vietnamese teenager named Mai gets the chance of a lifetime — to study in the United States. Expecting Hollywood, she instead lands in rural Mississippi, a crazy quilt of self-proclaimed rednecks, cliquish teenagers, South Vietnamese exiles and transvestite soulmates. (2002)

Civil Disobedience

Of Civil Rights and Wrongs: The Fred Korematsu Story
Fred Korematsu was probably never more American than when he resisted, and then challenged in court, the forced internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Korematsu lost his landmark Supreme Court case in 1944, but never his indignation and resolve. Of Civil Rights and Wrongs is the untold history of the 40-year legal fight to vindicate Korematsu — one that finally turned a civil injustice into a civil rights victory. (2001)

The Uprising of '34
Textile workers recall with pride the long- suppressed story of the General Textile Strike of 1934 when 500,000 Southern mill laborers walked off their jobs. (1995)

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
During his 60-year career as an activist, Rustin formulated many of the strategies that propelled the Civil Rights movement. But his open homosexuality forced him to remain in the background, making him the "Brother Outsider." (2002)

The Vietnam Era

Chisholm '72 — Unbought and Unbossed
In 1968, Shirley Chisholm becomes the first black woman elected to Congress. In 1972, against the backdrop of the anti-Vietnam War movement, she becomes the first black woman to run for president. Shunned by the political establishment, she's supported by a motley crew of blacks, feminists, and young voters. (2003)

Revolution '67
Revolution '67 is an illuminating account of events too often relegated to footnotes in U.S. history - the black urban rebellions of the 1960s. Focusing on the six-day Newark, New Jersey, outbreak in mid-July 1967, the film reveals how the disturbance began as spontaneous revolts against poverty and police brutality and ended as fateful milestones in America's struggles over race and economic justice. The POV website for the film features a New Jersey Historical Society panel discussion where activists and historians discussed the rebellion, impoverished American cities during the 1960s and more. (2007)

A Panther in Africa
On October 30, 1969, Pete O'Neal, a young Black Panther in Kansas City, Missouri, was arrested for transporting a gun across state lines. One year later, O'Neal fled the charge, and for over 30 years, he has lived in Tanzania as one of the last American exiles from an era when activists considered themselves at war with the U.S. government. On the POV website for the film, former Black Panters talk about how their work with the panthers have evolved into today.(2004)

 

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Web Sites From PBS

American Experience: Two Days in October
Based on the book They Marched Into Sunlight by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Maraniss, Two Days in October tells the story of two turbulent days in October 1967 when history turned a corner when a 61 men were killed in Vietnam simultaneous to a student protest that turned violent on an American university campus. (April 17, 2005)

American Experience: Vietnam: A Television History
The My Lai Massacre was one of the turning points in the American anti-Vietnam war movements Find out about it, who the key political players were in the war, and follow a comprehensive timeline from 1947 to 1997 that chronicles key events related to the Vietnam War at the companion site to "Vietnam: A Television History." (April 25, 2005)

ITVS: The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It
American pacifism was part of the political dynamic during World War II, when 40,000 Americans refused to shoulder weapons. Learn more about the history of American conscientious objectors. (2002)

Religion and Ethics Newsweekly: Just War and Just Peace
At the annual meeting of Christian ethicists, many scholars endorsed taking a proactive approach to peacemaking rather than merely shunning war. (January 14, 2005)

Ken Burns American Stories: The Shakers
A religious sect founded in the 18th century, the Shakers were among the first in America to be granted the status of conscientious objectors when they refused to fight in the Civil War. (2002)

American Experience: Emma Goldman
Feared as a sponsor of anarchy and revolution, Emma Goldman was vilified in the press as "Red Emma," "Queen of the Anarchists," and "the most dangerous woman in America." Goldman was also an outspoken opponent of America's entry into World War I and was arrested and imprisoned for demonstrating against the draft. (March 2004)

Battlefield Vietnam
This site offers an overview of the war, as well as a timeline of events and in-depth explorations of guerrilla tactics and the air war. (1998)

Frontline — Give War a Chance: Lessons of Vietnam
Frontline producer Rick Young interviews Major H.R. McMaster, author of Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies that Led to Vietnam. (1999)

Remembering Vietnam: An Online Newshour Special Report
This special report commemorates the 25th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War with links to Online Newshour articles and interviews about Vietnam. (2000)

Pete Peterson: Assignment Hanoi
This companion site to the film, which chronicles the former POW's return to Vietnam as U.S. Ambassador on a mission of reconciliation, also features tips for filming in Vietnam. (1999)

Frontline World — Vietnam: Looking for Home
Journalist Nguyen Qui Duc returns to Vietnam looking "for home, for a bit of myself, for a country that always exists in my memory." (2003)

Online NewsHour: U.S.-Vietnam Relations
This online report features extensive articles and interviews about the state of U.S.-Vietnam relations. (2000)

Religion and Ethics: Religious Anti-War Mobilization
On the eve of next week's crucial presentations about Iraq — by the UN inspectors and in the president's State of the Union speech — surveys indicate qualified public support for going to war. Meanwhile, many people of faith have been among those demonstrating against war. Journalist Kim Lawton reports on the debate about how representative those demonstrators are. (January 24, 2003)

NOW with Bill Moyers: Sister Joan Chittister
Bill Moyers talks to Sister Joan Chittister, member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, PA, a social psychologist with a doctorate from Penn State University, regular columnist for National Catholic Reporter, and the author of over 30 books. The conversation focuses on the media's moral responsibility to report accurately on the social, economic and political injustices plaguing our society. (November 21, 2004)

NOW with Bill Moyers: Protest in America
The First Amendment reads "Congress shall make no law.abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for redress of grievances." Activists have developed many different means of expressing dissent over the years. Visit this website to find out about some of the most powerful examples of protest in America. (February 27, 2004) (November 21, 2004)

Web Sites From NPR

Martin Luther King, Jr: Anti War Activist
Kristal Brent Zook talks about a little-known aspect of Martin Luther King Jr's persona: his public condemnation of the war in Vietnam. (January 16, 2006)

All Things Considered: Quakers and Buddhists Unite!
For much of the history of the United States, Quakers have played a role as pacifists. And now, says commentator Gustav Niebuhr, a new religious group is joining them as activists for peace: Buddhists. Gustav Niebuhr is a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. (October 30, 2003)

Talk of the Nation: Dissent During War
For many who oppose a U.S.-led war in Iraq, dissent is the truest form of patriotism. And the closer we get to war, the louder their protest. But what happens once the fighting starts? Join host Neal Conan and guests for a look at war and the balance between loyalty and dissent. (March 19, 2003)

All Things Considered: Antiwar Activist Philip Berrigan dies at 79
Philip Berrigan, who spent more than a decade in prison for various antiwar and anti-nuclear protests, is dead at 79. From Vietnam on, the World War II veteran made civil disobedience his life's work. Hear more from NPR's Steve Inskeep and historian Howard Zinn. (December 7, 2002)

All Things Considered: A Pacifist's Plainspoken Poetry
Poet William Stafford came of age between the two world wars. As a pacifist, he spent the years 1942-46 working in outdoor camps and projects for conscientious objectors in Arkansas, California and Illinois. Listen to a conversation recorded before he died. (April 29, 2007)

Tell Me More: Anti-War Moms Press on Without Cindy Sheehan
Cindy Sheehan — one of the country's most prominent antiwar activists — is withdrawing. After her announcement week that she would stepping away from the limelight and her role as the "face" of the antiwar movement, other antiwar moms speak comment on pressing forward without her. (May 31, 2007)





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