Blogs tagged "war"

Memorial Day: Commemoration, Rediscovery, and Reconsideration

Photo of poppy field
On the last Monday in May the nation celebrates Memorial Day. It is, of course, a day off from school and work and the unofficial beginning of the summer. There are cookouts, picnics, and always a televised concert on the National Mall.Much more important, it is an occasion to pay tribute to those men and women who have died in defense of the homeland. There is a rich literature of speeches, stories, poems, and essays about these sacrifices. Read More »
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World War I and American Art: Part One

That liberty shall not perish from the earth
World War I (1914-1918) has been called the seminal catastrophe of the twentieth century, leading to the destruction of four empires (Russian, German, Austrian-Hungrian, and Ottoman), the rise of communism and fascism, the Second World War, and even the Cold War.Read More »
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“American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam”: A Classroom-Ready Resource

American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam gives a powerful account of the days leading up to the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. Produced and directed by Rory Kennedy and nominated for an Academy Award® for documentary feature, the film, featuring narratives from people who lived through this experience, illuminates the moral dilemmas facing both U.S. military personnel, who would have to disobey orders to save lives, and South Vietnamese, who faced imprisonment or worse if they could not—or chose not to—escape. The producers describe the film:Read More »
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