HISTORICAL EXPERIENCES | Minnesota in the Vietnam War

A long over-due and often misunderstood chapter in American History comes to your school in the form of an interactive multi-media presentation. Teach your students about America’s most controversial war. The WHO, WHAT, WHEN, & WHY are made clear.

2023 marked the 50th anniversary of the last American troops to be pulled out of Vietnam, ending what was up to that time, America’s longest war. Learn the who, what, when, where, why of one of America’s most controversial wars. Drama and multi-media will bring this history to life for students! Controversy continues to swirl around America’s involvement in the Vietnam conflict. Who were the Vietnamese and what was their fight all about? How did the United States get into the war? The Vietnam War, the longest in American history cost the nation 56,000 lives, including 1,120 Minnesotans. The war would also result in 300,000 wounded, 1,200 missing in action, and cost the nation $141 billion. Unlike previous wars where returning GIs came home to a grateful nation, Vietnam veterans were at best ignored and at worst shunned and sometimes persecuted for their service. This nation’s treatment of our Vietnam veterans is a shameful episode of our past. This multimedia presentation will use power-point, video, music, drama, role-playing and living history experiences, to give us an understanding of this turbulent time and make history come alive. The presenter will describe the increasing commitment of each of five American presidents, the rising antiwar protests at home and eventual U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam, and the lingering tragic effects of a war that had never been declared. Those who do not learn their history will repeat the mistakes of the past. What did America learn from the Vietnam conflict?