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United States History in Streaming Documentary Films: Vietnam War Years 1954–1975

Vietnam War Years 1954–1975

Just Like Me: The Vietnam War/The American War
"...is a journey from present to past and back again that follows Vietnam veteran Ron Osgood in his quest to recover fragmented and buried stories from all sides of the Vietnam War/American War, revealing multiple perspectives that are thematically interconnected. The stories from veterans and non-combatants look at the ways in which war becomes inscribed into the life histories of ordinary individuals and the attempt to humanize our former enemies. By interweaving American and Vietnamese perspectives, the program promotes cross-cultural connection, empathy, and compassion."

The Legacy of a War: Vietnam
"The Vietnam War lasted longer than any other in U.S. history. On the 25th anniversary of U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam, "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" examines the war's lasting impact through a series of panel discussions. Questions of the war's effect on politics and policy, the military and the media, and the country's psyche are discussed and debated."

Vietnam: The War That Divided America
"The program focuses on how the war in Vietnam affected the American people, from pro- and anti-war protesters, to the difficult adjustment of returning veterans and former POWs. Details actual battles, the My Lai massacre, the evacuation of Saigon and the boat people's plight."

 

The Vietnam War: Déjà Vu (1958-1961)
"Vietnamese revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial occupation. Vietnam is divided in two. Communists in the North aim to reunify the country, while America supports Diem’s untested regime in the South."

The Vietnam War: Riding the Tiger (1961-1963)
"Kennedy inspires idealistic Americans to serve their country and wrestles with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam. As the autocratic Diem regime faces a communist insurgency and Buddhist protests, a political crisis unfolds."

The Vietnam War: The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)
"With South Vietnam in chaos, hardliners in Hanoi seize the initiative and send combat troops to the South. President Johnson escalates America’s military commitment, authorizing bombing of the North and deploying ground troops in the South."

The Vietnam War: Resolve (January 1966-June 1967
"North Vietnamese troops and materiel stream down the Ho Chi Minh Trail into the South. As an antiwar movement builds back home, soldiers and Marines discover that the war they are fighting in Vietnam is nothing like their fathers’ war."

The Vietnam War: This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)
"American casualties mount as they face deadly North Vietnamese ambushes and artillery. Hanoi lays plans for a massive surprise offensive, and the Johnson administration reassures the American public that victory is in sight."

The Vietnam War: Things Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968)
"On the Tet holiday, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launch attacks on cities and military bases throughout the South, suffering devastating losses but casting doubt on Johnson’s promise that there is 'light at the end of the tunnel.'"

The Vietnam War: The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968-May 1969)
"Public support for the war declines, and American men of draft age face difficult decisions and moral choices. After police battle with demonstrators in the streets of Chicago, Richard Nixon wins the presidency. In Vietnam the war goes on."

The Vietnam War: The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970)
"With morale plummeting in Vietnam, President Nixon begins withdrawing American troops. As news breaks of an unthinkable massacre committed by American soldiers, the public debates the rectitude of the war."

The Vietnam War: A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970-March 1973)
"U.S. airpower makes the difference in halting a North Vietnamese offensive. After being re-elected, Nixon announces Hanoi has agreed to a peace deal. American prisoners of war will finally come home—to a bitterly divided country."

The Vietnam War: The Weight of Memory (March 1973-Onward)
"While the Watergate scandal rivets Americans’ attention, the Vietnamese continue in a civil war. When North Vietnamese troops pour into the South, Saigon collapses. For the next 40 years, all sides search for healing and reconciliation."

 

(Just Like Me: The Vietnam War/The American War)