Teaching the Vietnam War

This collection of videos and lesson plans can help students explore the social and political dynamics of the Vietnam War. Students will examine why, how, and by whom the Vietnam War was fought, how it affected U.S. citizens at home, and how factors shifted over the course of the war. Students will identify the Vietnam War’s legacy and lasting toll on veterans.

Look for The Vietnam War, a ten-part documentary series airing on PBS beginning September 17, 2017. The series, from filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will feature archival footage and testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including American veterans who fought in the war and Americans who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians.