2019: Recovering the Voices of GI Resistance

Quelle:  The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus Volume 17 | Issue 3 | Number 2 | Feb 01, 2019
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GI, Veteran, and POW Voices of Conscience: Recovering the Voices of GI Resistance to the War in Vietnam

Jerry Lembcke

Recovering the history of in-service dissent during the war in Vietnam is of utmost importance. Recognition of that dissent is essential to our documentation of the war and anti-war movement. The inclusion of those voices in our accounts honors them and establishes their roles models for later generations.

It is also important to understand why, 50 years after the war, we must work at recovering essential elements of the story that are missing in public memory and many academic accounts. While we fill-in the gaps, we need also to talk about why the gaps were left, or even created, as memories of the war years took shape: the way suppression of dissent, its cooptation and buyout, ostracism, discrediting, pathologizing, and displacement were all enlisted to silence the voices of conscience.

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