Marshall D. Sahlins, Groundbreaking Anthropologist, Dies at 90

His work focused on the way cultures shape, and are shaped by, individuals — a framework he demonstrated through his passionate political activism.

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Ramsey Clark, Attorney General and Rebel With a Cause, Dies at 93

Mr. Clark oversaw the drafting of the Fair Housing Act in 1968 and went on to defend both the disadvantaged and the unpopular.

#attorneys-general, #clark-ramsey, #deaths-obituaries, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #johnson-lyndon-baines, #legal-profession, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vietnam-war

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An Online Museum Shows Life During Wartime

The new Museum of American War Letters is making a range of communications from battle zones available.

#andrew-carroll, #chapman-university, #content-type-personal-profile, #letters, #museums, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans, #vietnam-war

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I Don’t Want My Role Models Erased

This is how women who covered Vietnam were marginalized in the war’s history.

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‘Dear G.I.’: An Unlikely Friendship Built on Letters From a Foxhole

In 1966, a Massachusetts mother of three began writing to young men serving in Vietnam. One became her most steadfast pen pal, writing her 77 letters over seven years.

#black-people, #letters, #massachusetts, #north-carolina, #politics-and-government, #veterans, #vietnam-war

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Man Says He Lived in Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium for Years

Several people corroborated parts of the account of Tom Garvey, a Vietnam veteran and former stadium employee who described his “secret apartment” in a recent book.

#bradley-bill, #content-type-personal-profile, #philadelphia-pa, #philadelphia-eagles, #philadelphia-phillies, #stadiums-and-arenas, #tom-garvey, #veterans-stadium-philadelphia-pa, #vietnam-war

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A Secret War. Decades of Suffering. Will the U.S. Ever Make Good in Laos?

America has never taken responsibility for spraying Agent Orange over the neutral country during the Vietnam War. But generations of ethnic minorities have endured the consequences.

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In Lady Bird Johnson’s Secret Diaries, a Despairing President and a Crucial Spouse

A new book reveals how the former first lady not only provided a spouse’s emotional ballast but also served as an unrivaled counselor who helped persuade Lyndon B. Johnson to stay in office.

#books-and-literature, #diaries, #first-ladies-us, #johnson-lady-bird, #johnson-lyndon-baines, #presidential-election-of-1968, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #sweig-julia, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vietnam-war

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‘F.T.A.’: When Jane Fonda Rocked the U.S. Army

A newly exhumed documentary delves into the actress’s anti-Vietnam vaudeville tour of American military bases in 1972.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #documentary-films-and-programs, #fonda-jane, #fta-movie, #parker-francine-1925-2007, #sutherland-donald, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vietnam-war

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A Black Soldier’s Heroism, Overlooked in 1965, May Finally Be Lauded in 2021

Comrades repeatedly told the Army that Capt. Paris Davis, one of the first Black officers in the Special Forces, deserved the Medal of Honor. The Army kept losing the paperwork.

#black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #davis-paris, #discrimination, #medal-of-honor-us, #united-states-army, #united-states-army-special-forces-green-berets, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans, #vietnam-war

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My Veteran Problem

I have an instinct to protect the image of American service members. But veterans alone should not control the conversation.

#movies, #polls-and-public-opinion, #veterans, #vietnam-war

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Rennie Davis, ‘Chicago Seven’ Antiwar Activist, Dies at 79

The trial arising from the “police riot” at the 1968 convention thrust him into the spotlight. He later became an unlikely spokesman for a teenage guru.

#chicago-ill, #chicago-seven, #davis-rennie, #deaths-obituaries, #democratic-national-convention, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #vietnam-war

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Alan Canfora, Who Carried Wounds From Kent State, Dies at 71

He devoted his life to pursuing the truth about the tragic events of May 4, 1970, and to keeping them in the public eye.

#canfora-alan, #colleges-and-universities, #deaths-obituaries, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kent-ohio, #kent-state-university, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #vietnam-war

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Neil Sheehan Forced an American Reckoning

Working with the reporter who obtained the Pentagon Papers for The Times, I saw firsthand his moral fervor about the people’s right to know the truth.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #new-york-times, #pentagon-papers, #sheehan-neil, #vietnam-war

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Neil Sheehan, Reporter Who Obtained the Pentagon Papers, Dies at 84

His extensive coverage of the Vietnam War also led to the book “A Bright Shining Lie,” which earned him a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize.

#deaths-fatalities, #ellsberg-daniel, #new-york-times, #pentagon-papers, #sheehan-neil, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vietnam-war, #writing-and-writers

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Joe Biden’s Non-Radical 1960s

Trump has called Biden a tool of leftist agitators. Friends say that has never much been his way, even as a young man surrounded by protest.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #careers-and-professions, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #content-type-personal-profile, #delaware, #democratic-party, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #syracuse-university, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #university-of-delaware, #vietnam-war

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I Built a Time Machine to the 1960s

Watching TV news from the past helps me get a grip on the present.

#computers-and-the-internet, #news-and-news-media, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #perlstein-rick, #television, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #vietnam-war, #youtube-com

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The Bumbling 1960s Data Scientists Who Anticipated Facebook and Google

In “If Then,” the historian Jill Lepore recounts the story of the Simulmatics Corporation, which tried to use primitive computing power to shape Americans’ behavior.

#books-and-literature, #computers-and-the-internet, #if-then-how-the-simulmatics-corporation-invented-the-future-book, #lepore-jill, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-1960, #vietnam-war

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The Untold Story of the Black Marines Charged With Mutiny at Sea

Racial strife aboard a Navy ship left three men facing the threat of the death penalty. They became little more than statistics in the military’s dismal record of race relations in the Vietnam era.

#black-people, #courts-martial, #discrimination, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-navy, #vietnam, #vietnam-war

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Nixon Also Called In the Military Against Protesters

Washington’s police chief took the blame. But Nixon was behind the decision.

#dean-john-w-iii, #defense-department, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #esper-mark-t, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #haldeman-h-r, #justice-department, #milley-mark-a, #national-mall-washington-dc, #nixon-richard-milhous, #rehnquist-william-h, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vietnam-war, #washington-dc

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We Need a Monument to the Unknown America

A memorial makes a statement about who is worth preserving. Why not a sacred and beautiful nothingness?

#civil-war-us-1861-65, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #roman-civilization, #sculpture, #vietnam-war

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Vietnamese Lives, American Imperialist Views, Even in ‘Da 5 Bloods’

Black soldiers finally get their own story, but in one important respect, the film is no different from other Hollywood dramas that came before.

#apocalypse-now-movie, #da-5-bloods-movie, #lee-spike, #movies, #nguyen-viet-thanh-1971, #race-and-ethnicity, #vietnam, #vietnam-war

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A Pop-Culture Glossary for ‘Da 5 Bloods’

Spike Lee’s movie is filled with references to movies and Vietnam-era events. We explain who’s who and what’s what.

#apocalypse-now-movie, #black-people, #da-5-bloods-movie, #lee-spike, #movies, #vietnam-war

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Sam Johnson, Congressman and Former P.O.W., Is Dead at 89

A much-decorated pilot held by the North Vietnamese for years, he would later criticize his fellow Republican Donald Trump for disparaging John McCain.

#deaths-obituaries, #elections-house-of-representatives, #johnson-representative-sam, #mccain-john, #prisoners-of-war, #texas, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vietnam-war

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A Son’s Long Struggle to Clear His Family’s Name Is Only Half Won

When it left Vietnam in 1973, the South Korean military said none of its soldiers had been taken prisoner. It took Ahn Yong-soo decades to change the narrative.

#ahn-hak-soo, #ahn-yong-soo, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #politics-and-government, #prisoners-of-war, #south-korea, #vietnam-war

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Rep. Sam Johnson of Texas Dies at 89

Mr. Johnson was a military pilot who spent years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam before serving more than two decades representing a Dallas-area district in Congress.

#deaths-obituaries, #house-of-representatives, #prisoners-of-war, #republican-party, #texas, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans, #vietnam-war

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Spike Lee and the Battlefield of American History

With his new film, the peerless American filmmaker — self-isolating and reflective in New York — unsettles past and present conflicts.

#da-5-bloods-movie, #lee-spike, #movies, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #vietnam-war

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How the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Like the Vietnam War

Chance rules. Leaders lie. Deaths become statistics. The parallels between the disease and the war are everywhere.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #vietnam, #vietnam-war

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How the Kent State Shootings Changed America

They marked the end of the 1960s, and the beginning of our era of political polarization.

#colleges-and-universities, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kent-ohio, #kent-state-university, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #vietnam-war

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Grim Milestones: U.S. Deaths in the Pandemic and in Vietnam

The former Times correspondent Fox Butterfield draws a comparison between the actions of presidents then and now. Also: New York cancels its primary election; being empathic; ethics in critical care.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #empathy, #medical-ethics, #new-york-state, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vietnam-war

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Is the Light at the End of This Tunnel the Beam of an Oncoming Train?

A Times correspondent, now in New York, compares the fight against the coronavirus with other wars he has known.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #the-plague-book, #vietnam-war, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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