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Copy of Vietnam War - Exploring Perspectives through Primary Sources: Still in the News

Reflection Activity

After reading these sources, discuss as a class or in small groups:
How can archives still change "what we thought we knew" about both recent and historical events?

In what ways are the effects of the Vietnam War still being felt today, both at home and abroad?

Meet the female squad who clear out Vietnam's unexploded bombs

Reuters, By Minh Nguyen, posted 5 March 2020.

The Vietnam War's Agent Orange legacy

Channel 4 documentary on how agent orange continues to cause birth defects in Vietnam. Original air date 28 October 2016.

As a POW in Vietnam, John McCain refused release until his fellow prisoners were freed, making him a hero in the eyes of many

Business Insider, by Eliza Relman, posted 26 August 2018.

Impact of the Vietnam War

Vietnamese workers clearing landmines, January 2020.

More than fifty years later, the effects of the Vietnam War are still being in the U.S. and Vietnam. In the U.S., many Vietnam Veterans continue to suffer from PTSD. In Vietnam, millions of Vietnamese citizens are classified as agent orange victims, people who were directly exposed to this dangerous chemical. Birth defects are still high in areas where agent orange was sprayed in large amounts. Unexploded bombs are still being cleared out of the Vietnamese countryside. The legacy of the Vietnam War continues to cast a dark shadow upon both the U.S. and Vietnam in different ways.