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Comics Captured America's Growing Ambivalence About The Vietnam War

By Cathy Schlund-Vials/The Conversation

In America's imagination, the Vietnam War is not so much celebrated as it is assiduously contemplated. This inward-looking approach is reflected in films like The Deer Hunter and Apocalypse Now, best-selling novels and popular memoirs that dwell on the psychological impact of the war.

Was the war worth the cost, human and otherwise? Was it a winnable war or doomed from the outset? What are its lessons and legacies?

These questions also underpin Ken Burns' Vietnam War documentary, which premiered Sunday. But many forget that before the Vietnam War ended as a Cold War quagmire, it began as a clear-eyed anti-communist endeavor.

As a child, I was always fascinated by comics; now, as a cultural studies scholar, I've been able to fuse this passion with an interest in war narratives.

Comics - more than any medium - reflect the narrative trajectory of the war, and how the American public evolved from being generally supportive of the war to ambivalent about its purpose and prospects.

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Posted on September 20, 2017

History Club

A People's History Of Thanksgiving

Where Is The Gold?
With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
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Posted on November 28, 2013
Chicago Blog Review

Chicago Blog Review: Fruit Slinger

A welcome blast of summer-friendly food porn on a daily basis.
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Posted on August 6, 2009

A Bloody Decade Of The iPhone

By Jack Linchuan Qiu/The Conversation
The long and complicated supply chain has caused innumerable work injuries, occupational diseases and premature deaths over the past decade.

Posted on September 19, 2017

How "White People" Were Invented By A Playwright In 1613

By Ed Simon/Aeon
Before that, they didn't exist.

Posted on September 14, 2017

Egg Island Almanac

By SIU Press
Galvin's training as a naturalist and environmental writer is evident as his practiced eye roves the waves, marshes, and forests, finding meaning and beauty in the smallest detail - bird-watching, rebuilding a woodpile, or the flight of bobwhite quail.

Posted on September 12, 2017

The Personal Is Now Commercial: Popular Feminism Online

By Kath Kenny/The Conversation
Teen Vogue and its editor haven't been described as "woke" without good reason. But . . .

Posted on September 11, 2017

Salukis Football!

By SIU Press
An in-depth look.

Posted on August 30, 2017

It's A Mistake To Crack Down On Hate Websites

By Natasha Tusikov/The Conversation
There are significant problems with relying upon powerful companies to police the Internet, because their enforcement practices are troublingly opaque and prone to arbitrary interpretation.

Posted on August 23, 2017

MUSIC - The Weekend In Chicago Rock Including Riot Fest Highlights.
TV - The Beachwood vs. Ken Burns.
POLITICS - Rhymefest vs. Obama.
SPORTS - Football Killed Zac Easter.

BOOKS - How Comics Captured Vietnam.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - 100-Year-Old Petrified Uniformities Of The Modern Art World vs. The Moral Grandeur Of Majestic Impressionism.

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