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In this activity students analyze the lyrics to a popular Vietnam War protest song and discuss how music can be used to motivate people and for protest. Then students will create a new stanza for the protest song "I-Feel-Like-I'm Fixin'-To-Die Rag."

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Item Type: Teaching Activity
Date: 2009

After serving in the Navy, Joe McDonald moved to Berkeley, California, as the anti-Vietnam War movement was beginning to pick up momentum. He recorded "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die-Rag" under the name "Country Joe and the Fish"; the song gradually became an anthem for the antiwar movement, particularly after McDonald performed it at the Woodstock…

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Item Type: Oral History
Date: 2003

Wayne Smith grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. He was the second of eleven children and the oldest son. When he was ten years old, his father died in a fire in their home, and the family had to move into public housing. Smith served in Vietnam as a combat medic in the 9th Infantry Division from May 1969 to 1970.

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Item Type: Oral History
Date: 2003

Vo Nguyen Giap (b. 1912) served as Vietnam's leading military commander during three decades of war against the French, Japanese, and Americans. He was a strong supporter of Vietnamese independence and, like Ho Chi Minh, became a Communist revolutionary. During World War II, Giap organized the Viet Minh resistance against both the Japanese…

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Item Type: Oral History
Date: 2003

From 1966-1974 Le Cao Dai directed the largest North Vietnamese jungle hospital in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. His staff of four hundred routinely cared for more than a thousands patients. Every few months they had to move all patients and supplies and rebuild in a new location to avoid detection by American and South Vietnamese forces. Here…

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Item Type: Oral History
Date: 2003

Sylvia Lutz Holland enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps and went to Officer Candidate School at Fort Sam Houston. From 1968 to 1969 she served at the 312th Evacuation Hospital in Chu Lai, Quang Ngai Province, Republic of Vietnam. Here she remembers her emergency room experience during the war.

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Item Type: Oral History
Date: 2003

Tran Luong was born in Hanoi in 1960. Like most Hanoi children, he was evacuated to the countryside during the war; between 1966 and 1972 he lived in eight different peasant villages. Here he recalls his childhood experience of the war.

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Item Type: Oral History
Date: 2003

Todd Gitlin was a founding member of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), which by the late 1960s was the largest radical student organization in the country. Originally concerned with the problem of poverty and racism in the United States, SDS was one of the first student groups to take an anti-war stance. Here Gitlin recalls his…

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Item Type: Oral History
Date: 2003

Le Lieu Browne, a Vietnamese woman educated in France and married to an American journalist, recalls her mixed feelings about her experience working for the Diem regime.

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Item Type: Oral History
Date: 2003

Truong My Hoa, a Vietnamese woman from a "revolutionary tradition" and later a high-ranking member of the Communist Party, recalls her experiences as a young revolutionary and subsequent imprisonment by the South Vietnamese government.

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Item Type: Oral History
Date: 2003