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The Legacy of war : Vietnam

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  • The year 2000 marked the 25th anniversary of the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam. In this classic NewsHour program, Gwen Ifill and Terence Smith sit down with renowned historians and correspondents to ask them to address some of the lingering issues associated with that war. Episodes include. * Vietnam's Legacy-Historian's View: Gwen Ifill is joined by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Michael Beschloss, Stanley Karnow, Richard Norton Smith, and Jonathan Holloway to discuss the Vietnam War's cultural, political, and emotional impacts on American history. * Vietnam's Legacy-Covering the War: Terence Smith talks with Morley Safer, David Greenway, Christiane Amanpour, and Kenneth Bacon about the Vietnam War's effects on journalism and the media. Segment also sold as a part of The Legacy of Vietnam: Learning the Lessons of War.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Feb. 21, 2008.
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  • Vietnam: Unwanted, Undeclared War (3:00) -- Vietnam Era: War at Home and Abroad (1:31) -- Historical Events Leading Up to the Vietnam War (3:06) -- America's Disillusionment with the Vietnam War (3:01) -- Cultural Shifts About the Vietnam War (3:13) -- America Changes Its Perceptions of Government (3:10) -- Political Influence of Vietnam War (2:51) -- Images of War vs. Official Party Line (2:47) -- Tensions Between Press and President (2:17) -- Legacy of Vietnam on Journalism: Distrust (3:46) -- Vietnam Legacy on Journalism: Restrictions and Propaganda Machine (2:43) -- Restricted Access to Military Activity (3:47) -- Journalist and Pentagon Spokesman: Restricted Access (2:04) -- Public Opinion Shapes Military Action (2:40)
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