Wednesday, April 12
The Baby Boomer War
New recruits for the Vietnam War being sworn in, in St. Paul, Minn.
"Of all the tropes about the Vietnam War, one stands out far above the rest in American memory: It was the baby boomers’ war. By the spring of 1967, most American soldiers being killed in combat had been born in 1946 or after. To understand the war, we have to understand what motivated that generation of Americans not only to protest but also to fight, and later to seek some sort of closure. Wars are far easier to initiate than to conclude. And for those who serve, the memories endure long after the fighting stops. ... Those born after the boomers may find it quaint to read about a president asking citizens to sacrifice, to 'pay any price.' Nonetheless, their parents or grandparents, the baby boomers, will most likely remember a brief shining moment of energized promise and of unfulfilled dreams. ..."
NY Times: Vietnam '67
2008 August: Vietnam War Era Ephamera Collection, 2010 June: Flower power, 2011 September: Dispatches (1977) - Michael Herr, 2014 March: "Draft Dodger Rag" - Phil Ochs (1965), 2013 August: The Making of a Counter Culture - Theodore Roszak, 2014 May: Robert Dodge: Vietnam 40 Years Later, 2015 April: Last Days in Vietnam, 2015 May: Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence, 2015 June: The Weather Underground (2003), 2015 July: Ramparts, 2015 October: 1001 Ways to Beat the Draft - Tuli Kupferberg and Robert Bashlow (1966), 2016 February: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, 2016 February: 1965-1975: Another Vietnam, 2016 June: Michael Herr, 1940–2016