Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Teaching Resources: The Vietnam Era

The Naperville Sun reported that Anderson's Bookshop was forced to cancel an April 8 appearance by 1960s radical William Ayers due to safety concerns. Ayers has admitted to participating in domestic bombings to protest the Vietnam War. The bookstore stated: "The hysterical and ugly comments about the appearance multiplied each day and we feared our customers and staff might be in physical jeopardy if we held the scheduled program." It's clear that emotions still run deep about the Vietnam Era's radicals.

How can you help your students understand this tumultuous period---a time when many young people vowed to overthrow the United States government by any means necessary?

Janis Hallowell's novel She Was offers a unique perspective: Spanning America, from coast to coast, over four decades, Hallowell tells the story of one young woman who, like many of her generation, tried to change the world and how, thirty-four years later, in a world that still needs changing, she must pay the consequences when her past is revealed.
If you'd like to consider She Was for your course, please order an examination copy. If you've already decided to assign the book for your class, please order a desk copy.

In his memoir Underground: My Life with SDS and the Weathermen, Mark Rudd tells his story--for the first time. "I've spoken and answered questions at scores of colleges, high schools, community centers, and theaters about why my friends and I opted for violent revolution, and how I've changed my thinking and how I haven't, and most of all, about the parallels between then and now," Rudd writes. Powerful and shocking, Underground sheds new light on this controversial time, which still haunts us as a nation.
If you'd like to consider Underground for your course, please order an examination copy. If you've already decided to assign the book for your class, please order a desk copy.
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