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Primary Source Media Launches the Vietnam Era CD-ROM

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Primary Source Media Launches the Vietnam Era CD-ROM

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Primary Source Media, a provider of primary source documents via CD-ROM, microform, and online services, has announced the release of The Vietnam Era, the 12th CD-ROM in its historical research series, American Journey: History in Your Hands.

Like previous American Journey titles, The Vietnam Era features rare primary source materials organized around thematic essays. Hyperlinks, timelines, maps, picture albums, content lists, and flexible full-text searches facilitate access to hundreds of documents and images, according to the company.

"The Vietnam Era provides librarians and educators with unique materials from a recent period that students find fascinating," said David Lucas, president and CEO of Primary Source Media. "This outstanding collection of primary records encourages student inquiry into the complex issues and emotions surrounding this difficult time in American history."

The Vietnam Era presents the swirl of events that surrounded America's involvement in Vietnam, tracing the meeting of East and West--from the bloody French-Indochina War to the American entry into Vietnam, from Johnson's escalation of American forces to Nixon's decision to bomb Cambodia, from America's final withdrawal to the renewal of American-Vietnamese relations. The collection also tells the story of America's coming of age in the "war at home" as well as the war overseas. The growth of the antiwar movement--from mass demonstrations to the campaigns of Robert Kennedy and Eugene McCarthy--is treated alongside the formative role of the media in covering the war and the eventual return of Vietnam veterans to a war-torn America.

Topics covered include the French colonization of Vietnam and the French-Indochina War, the application of America's Cold War containment policy to Vietnam, the rise of Ho Chi Minh and the National Liberation Front, and the escalation of America's involvement on the ground and in the air. …

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