10-second review: What are the different effects from reading the two following interpretations of the Vietnam War written for a history textbook?
Title: “Remembering Things Past: A Critique of Narrow Revisions.” J Reiff. Research in the Teaching of English (February 1990), pp. 101 – 106. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
The most serious threat to world peace developed in
After President Johnson took office, he continued to follow the Kennedy policy of limited support for the South Vietnamese government. Then, in the summer of 1964, North Vietnamese torpedo boats were thought to have attacked two American destroyers in the
The Vietnamese War is Escalated
Shortly after the election, Communist gains prompted President Johnson to alter his policy concerning
Johnson tried to get the North Vietnamese to the conference table. Early in 1966 and again in 1967, he suspended bombings and redoubled his efforts to get peace talks under way. But the president of
The ‘doves,’ who came to include some government officials , and included many people from other segments of American society, rejected this reading of the war. While
A third interpretation of the war came from the radicals, who saw American intervention in
Comment: Well, how did the two passages written for a history textbook affect you? How will they affect your students? What can they learn about critical thinking from comparing the two passages? RayS.