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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

2017-2018 Common Read Learning Activites

This LibGuide is an easy way to access all of the Learning Activities available for Out of Chaos, the 2017-2018 Common Read.

Vietnam War

For background on the Vietnam War at Mankato State College, read the following sections in Out of Chaos

1. Chronology (pp. 1-28)
2. Don Strasser (pp. 158-163)
3. Truman Wood (pp. 168-169)

Know Your Vietnam War History

A. According to the Chronology what happened on August 1 and 7, 1964?

B. The Gulf of Tonkin incident drew the U.S. more directly into the Vietnam War.  Read the  August 9, 1964 New York Times article linked above. 

  1. What supposedly happened on August 1?
  2. Who did the National Security Council agree should be punished?
  3. Which bases did the National Security Council agree to hit and which would be left alone?  Please explain.
  4. Did the Congress vote on the President's decision?  Why or why not?  Do you think Congress and the President acted appropriately? Why or why not?

C. According to the Chronology what happened on January 30, 1968?  How did the events that occurred on January 30 effect public support of the war?

D. According to the Chronology what happened on April 30, 1970?  Referencing the Chronology again, how did the actions that occurred on April 30 effect the United States during the first fifteen days in May 1970?

E. In addition to the Chronology listing national events, it also features events that happened in Mankato. The chronology for Mankato will follow the national chronology in the book. 

  1. According to the Chronology what happened nationally on May 8, 1972?   
  2. And what happened at Mankato State College in May 1972 after President Nixon ordered the mining of Haiphong Harbor in North Vietnam?

F. On page 168, Truman Wood describes how the Vietnam War is the one thing he would like to edit out of his life.  List some of events that happened to Professor Wood that were related to the war.

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