For Veterans Day
With Good Reason Special Series on Vietnam – Voices of Vietnam
“The Women of War” – Alongside the army of men on the front lines of conflict was an army of women in support roles. From the Red Cross volunteers who boosted morale to the nurses who treated injuries, women were a major part of soldiers’ experience of the war. We hear the stories of some of these women, and how women’s roles in Vietnam reflected the gender norms of the era.
“Fighting on Two Fronts” – African Americans who fought for their country in Vietnam often experienced in the ranks the racism their families endured back home. While white and black soldiers were unified in battle, that bond broke down back in camp.
“Getting Into Vietnam” – Historians Fred Turner and Wilbur J. Scott explore how the self-image of America was shattered in Vietnam, and we hear the first-hand accounts of veterans’ return to America after the trauma of conflict. Then, historian Christian Appy tells the story of the draft — who it ensnared, who escaped, and the trauma it left on a generation of Americans.
Available as Stand-alone Hour or Half-hours