Ritical Thinking about the Viet Nam Conflict (See order instructions for detail)
Please pick one the topics to develop the research paper and be in strict observance of the requirement
Size and Requirement
Minimum 2000 words with at least six references including at least one reference from the Internet and one reference from the Apocalypse, Unit 5, Logic. Posting, hard copy, web page, or email acceptable. If you include pictures and appendices, hard copy or web page may be your medium of choice. The medium is not important; the quality of the research and the argument will decide the grade. Early on in the quarter you should decide on a topic that interests you, and your choice of topic will drive your selection of optional books and movies during the quarter.
The joy of research comes from restriction, narrowing down to a very small topic, and researching deeply and imaginatively into it, and thinking deeply about it. You then organize an argument and document it, following the principles of Units 3, 4, 5, & 6 of the Apocalypse. Apocalypse website: html.
Dates of the Viet Nam Conflict are at: html
Another GREAT Research Page is at html
Pick one of the general topics:
A. Find one argument in Martin Luther Kings seminal antiwar sermon A Time to Break Silence,and argue the reliability (See Unit 5 for this definition-an argument is reliable when we are sufficiently convinced of its truth to believe it or act upon it.) of that argument. Examples might be MLKs claim that Ho Chi Minhs land reform was benevolent, that the US set up Concentration camps,or that the poor bore a disproportionate share of the burden of the war. Some Vietnamese students have used their grandparents as sources on land reform-think imaginatively. For the sermon see: king.html.
B. Analyze a major work, again using outside references in addition to that work. Examples of major, outside works, are included in the Supplemental Reading List for the course, such as:
Neil Sheehans A BRIGHT SHINING LIE
Phil Caputos A RUMOR OF WAR
Loren Baritz BACKFIRE
Prochnaus ONCE UPON A DISTANT WAR (The media in VN)
THE DEER HUNTER
APOCALYPSE NOW (REDUX)
GO TELL THE SPARTANS
C. Do an analysis of ONE of the ten links (see the Overview Power Point Presentation on the Vietnam Conflict ) to Viet Nam enumerated in Loren Baritz BACKFIRE. Or, using those reasons why we did what we did and Baritz tripartite scheme that says the US goes to war because of its (1) mythology, (2) its reliance on technology, and (3) its bureaucracy, attempt to answer a question already raised by a student in this course: When should the US go to War?Or starting with Baritz notions about technology, examine the function of the helicopter in DISPATCHES-make connections between and among. QUAGMIRE may well be a source in ANY paper for this course, or KIEU, or H&E or C&M or PA.
D. Argue a contribution of a cultural group to the Viet Nam Conflict. Examples might include Women in Viet Nam, Hispanics in Viet Nam, African-Americans in Viet Nam, Filipinos, Puerto Ricans, Koreans, or Native Americans. It will, of course, be necessary to RESTRICT within this topic say to Nurses, the PHILCAGV (Philippine Civic Action Group, Vietnam), or the Lone Mountain Apaches.
E. Examine the role of the Media in Viet Nam. There are hundreds of available sources on this topic, but some which come immediately to mind are ONCE UPON A DISTANT WAR, QUAGMIRE, DISPATCHES, THE GREEN BERETS, Malcolm Browns RED SOCKS AND MUDY BOOTS; there are many books that address this topic in the DeCillis Research Book Collection.
F. A comparison argument (or contrast, but not both) between a limited aspect of the Viet Nam Conflict and our Conflict in Afghanistan.