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The Vietnam War in American childhood

Author: Joel P Rhodes
Publisher: Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2019]
Series: Children, youth, and war
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English
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"For American children raised exclusively in wartime - that is, a Cold War containing monolithic communism turned hot in the jungles of Southeast Asia - and the first to grow up with televised combat, Vietnam was predominately a mediated experience. Walter Cronkite was the voice of the conflict and grim, nightly statistics the most recognizable feature. In seeing the Vietnam War through the eyes of preadolescent  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joel P Rhodes
ISBN: 9780820356297 0820356298 9780820356112 0820356115
OCLC Number: 1097959286
Description: pages cm.
Contents: A sort of nebulous sad thing happening forever and ever : childhood socialization to the Vietnam War --
Why couldn't I fight in a nice, simpler war? : comic books and Mad magazine --
Who bombed Santa's workshop? : militarizing play with commercial war toys --
One of the most agonizing years of my life : knowing someone in Vietnam --
Mom tried to make it for us like he wasn't even gone : father separation and reunion --
God bless dad wherever you are : POW/MIA --
How come the flags around town aren't flying at half-mast? : Gold Star children --
Yes, I am My Lai, but My Lai is better than Viet Cong! : Vietnamese adoptees and Amerasians.
Series Title: Children, youth, and war
Responsibility: Joel P. Rhodes.

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"For American children raised exclusively in wartime - that is, a Cold War containing monolithic communism turned hot in the jungles of Southeast Asia - and the first to grow up with televised combat, Vietnam was predominately a mediated experience. Walter Cronkite was the voice of the conflict and grim, nightly statistics the most recognizable feature. In seeing the Vietnam War through the eyes of preadolescent Americans, the book suggests broader developmental implications from being socialized to the political and ethical ambiguity of Vietnam. Although youth during World War II retained with clarity into adulthood many of the proscriptive patriotic messages about U.S. rightness, why-we-fight, heroism, or sacrifice they were indoctrinated with during the war years, conversely, Vietnam tended to breed childhood ambivalence, but not necessarily of the hawk and dove kind. This unique perspective on Vietnam continues to complicate adult notions of militarism and warfare, while generally lowering expectations of American leadership and the presidency"--

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