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Riding the Back of the Tiger: America and the Vietnam War, 1945-75 with Rick Collin

A close look at the Vietnam War and its impact on America and the world.

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About this class:

This is a 5-week virtual class using the Zoom platform.

Thursdays: March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27 - 7-9 pm CST

This course will examine the Vietnam War, which had an enormous impact on American society and the role of the U.S. in world affairs. Until Afghanistan, it was our longest war. This course will cover from 1945, when Ho Chi Minh declared an independent North Vietnam, to 1975 when South Vietnam fell to North Vietnam. The main focus will be on the years the U.S. was most involved, 1961-75. The course will meet five nights – the first night will be an introduction, then each night after that will be devoted to a particular phase of the war. The goal of this course is to examine the war’s chronology, while also providing ample time for discussion.

Instructor bio: 

Rick Collin is a historian with a passion for history told through stories. Rick worked for the State Historical Society of North Dakota and taught America in the 1960s, The American Presidency, The History of World War II, The United States To 1877 and The United States Since 1877 at the University of Mary and Bismarck State College. Rick is an Army veteran whose brother-in-law was a medic with the Marines in Vietnam and whose next-door-neighbor in Maryland, an Army soldier, was killed in the Battle of Hamburger Hill in May 1969.

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