Ken Burns: The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War, a new ten-part documentary

The series, from filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, features archival footage and testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including American veterans who fought in the war and Americans who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians. For more information about air times or other viewing platforms, see The Vietnam War series website.

In addition, a PBS Education has created a set of resources, including a blog post featuring diverse perspectives, and a PBS LearningMedia collection of videos and lesson plans that can help students explore the social and political dynamics of the Vietnam War. Students will examine why, how, and by whom the Vietnam War was fought, how it affected U.S. citizens at home, and how factors shifted over the course of the war. Students will also identify the Vietnam War’s legacy and lasting toll on veterans. A couple of other previously created PBS Learning Media collections may also be useful resources. Links to all of these resources can be found here:

Teaching the Vietnam War (PBS LearningMedia)

The Ken Burns Collection (PBS LearningMedia)

Soldiers, Veterans, and War in American Life (PBS LearningMedia)

Teaching the Vietnam War through Diverse Perspectives (PBS Teachers’ Blog)

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