Category Archives: Vietnam War

They don’t call me “Dr. Excitement” for nothin’, you know! (Be True to Your School, 5)

[Note:  In a previous post in this series, I discussed how certain personal eccentricities helped me construct a “classroom persona,” one “Dr.,” beard, polyester suit, and awful pun at a time.  In this entry, I’d like to offer a few … Continue reading

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Understanding Recent American History–“Nixonland,” or “The Age of Reagan”?

  [NOTE: Historical revisionism occurs when, every generation or so, the scholarly consensus about important events or individuals begins to shift.  Revisionism is not a concept that appeals to neophyte historians, or to “average Americans” trying to understand the past, many … Continue reading

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My Vietnam War–and Welcome to It

I’ve got a long shelf of books about my generation’s war, but none of them presents it as I experienced it.  I served in the Army from 1966 to 1968, but I never left the U.S., so my war was very different from the one … Continue reading

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Evolution of a Blog: “Retired But Not Shy” at Four

[NOTE: If I had not edited my school’s “History Department Newsletter” over the last few years of my teaching career, I might never have become a blogger. Using a template provided by Microsoft, I planned each bi-monthly issue, parceled out … Continue reading

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Reading the Civil War: “Patriotic Gore”–And More

In the Fall of 1969, I took a grad school course on the Civil War.  During a discussion of historiography, someone asked our professor his opinion of Shelby Foote’s history of the conflict, the first two volumes of which were then in … Continue reading

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Past Personal: Teaching the Vietnam War as History

[Note:  This piece originated as a talk to a group of history teachers; it explains the genesis of the series, already posted here, “Growing Up With Vietnam.” (Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4] When I began my prep school teaching career … Continue reading

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Editorial, “On Dixie Station”

[NOTE: The following editorial comes from the History Department newsletter in April 2000. Like the previous post, this one  reflects on teaching about–and remembering–the War in Vietnam.] * * * * * I spent a recent Saturday at a seminar, … Continue reading

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“Springtime and Vietnam”

[NOTE: For a number of years, I edited the History Department newsletter at my school. Each issue opened with an editorial. Below is one from March 2000, about ten years after I had begun delivering annually my “Growing Up With Vietnam” … Continue reading

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Paying the Cost to be the Boss, with apologies to B.B. King (Growing Up With Vietnam, IV)

         [This concluding segment of the lecture was the part that, unfortunately in my view, I found I needed to update  virtually every year, in order to fit more recent adventures in American foreign policy into the context created by the autobiographical portion … Continue reading

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Coming to Terms (Growing Up With Vietnam, III)

 [This segment covers the period between 1968, when I left the Army for grad school in History, and 1988, when the Vietnam War finally ended for me, sort of. For a list of sources, see Part IV] * * * … Continue reading

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