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On January 11, 1968, around 1,000 workers in Saigon walked off the job, protesting the unfair treatment they faced from South Vietnamese government and demonstrating the lack of commitment to democratic unionism from that government, even as the AFL-CIO pushed them and the U.S. government to make it a priority. In the aftermath of the […]

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On October 17, 2017

I haven’t seen the Ken Burns Vietnam series yet and given my indifference to Burns, not to mention my outright hostility to his anti-intellectual and anti-scholar claims that professional histor

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South Vietnam

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On March 4, 2017
I know it’s fun to read about the intrigues of politics, with its charismatic figures and seemingly missed opportunities, but in terms of South Vietnam and its 1967 battle between Thieu and Ky for control, I hesitate very strongly in believing a Ky victory would have significantly altered the fate of South Vietnam. Personality-based analysis […]
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When teaching about postwar America, I always tell my students that just about anything that happened in this nation during the Cold War has its roots in Cold War politics or fed back into Cold War issues. Jacob Hamblin’s 2013 book Arming Mother Nature demonstrates how this is true for what he calls “catastrophic environmentalism,” […]
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On May 8, 1970, 200 unionized construction workers attacked an anti-war march in the wake of the Kent State shooting a few days before. The so-called Hard Hat Riot placed an image in the American mind of right-wing workers opposed to social justice that sadly remains far too prevalent today. Unfortunately, the actions of a […]
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