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Soul Soldiers: African Americans and the Vietnam Era

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Social Studies Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

Soul Soldiers: African Americans and the Vietnam Era explores the events of civil rights and the Vietnam War as they impacted African American life and culture. The mid 1950s to the 1970s was an era of great change in America as new social, political, and cultural perspectives began to reshape the American landscape. In Vietnam and at home, African Americans were impacted by these events resulting in a greater expression of political and cultural identity. This was the era of street demonstrations and court battles; of protest and musical expression; of Black arts and Black Power. African American men and women, Soul Soldiers, battled on two fronts, for equality at home and democracy abroad. Their service in war was valor and their activism in civil rights was historic.

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Soul Soldiers: African Americans and the Vietnam Era

Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania

Introduction

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Background Text

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Additional Resources

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Vietnam Moratorium

National Portrait Gallery

Anti-Vietnam March #1

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Muhammad Ali

National Portrait Gallery

Vietnam tour jacket with black power embroidery

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Flyer advertising student strike against the Vietnam War

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Vietnam, (sculpture)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Poster against the Vietnam War

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Vietnam

National Portrait Gallery

Sound Recording Analysis

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