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Michael O'Malley, Associate Professor of History and Art History, George Mason University



Begin with The Vietnam War and the Tragedy of Containment, an electronic lecture on the Vietnam War. The lecture gives a specific historical account of the war, an historian's interpretation of the facts.

After you've read the lecture, read some—at least six—of the personal recollections of the war collected at one or both of the sites listed below, and compare ordinary people's memories of the war with the lecture.

Soldiers' Accounts.
Vietnamese Accounts.


In your journal, consider the following questions:

Does the information in the sites below contradict the lecture?
Do they give a different slant on things, or change your mind in any way?

Updated | April 2004