By Michael H. Hunt
A vital new source for college kids and academics of the Vietnam warfare, this concise choice of fundamental assets opens a worthwhile window on a very complicated clash. The fabrics accrued the following, from either the yank and Vietnamese facets, remind readers that the clash touched the lives of many folks in a variety of social and political occasions and spanned tons extra time than the last decade of direct U.S. wrestle. certainly, the U.S. battle used to be yet one part in a string of conflicts that various considerably in personality and geography. Michael Hunt brings jointly the perspectives of the conflict's disparate players--from Communist leaders, Vietnamese peasants, Saigon loyalists, and North Vietnamese infantrymen to U.S. policymakers, squaddies, and critics of the struggle. by means of permitting the members to talk, this quantity encourages readers to formulate their very own traditionally grounded figuring out of a nonetheless arguable fight.
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However, the French imperialists’ barbarous oppression and ruthless exploitation have awakened our compatriots, who have all realized that revolution is the only road to survival and that without it they will die a slow death. This is why the revolutionary movement has grown stronger with each passing day: the workers refuse to work, the peasants demand land, the students go on strike, the traders stop doing business. Everywhere the masses have risen to oppose the French imperialists. The revolution has made the French imperialists tremble with fear.
After succeeding in a few tasks, I became very eager to operate and wanted to leave because if I stayed home a lot of chores, such as cooking, working in the ricefields and tending the vegetable garden, would get in the way of my work. I began to move around more [on party business]. Some nights I stayed out and came home very late. My parents were afraid I would become “bad” and said, “State affairs are not for girls to take care of. And even if women can do it, they must be very capable. What can our daughter Dinh do?
He smiled and said: — Of course I did something, why not? t h e s e t t i n g 15 — You mean you were a subversive? — Don’t be silly! I make revolution to overthrow the landlords who are oppressing and exploiting us, like Canton Chief Muon, and also to overthrow the French who have stolen our country from us. He explained to me at great length, but I did not understand anything more than that the Communists loved the poor and opposed the officials in the village. . . [In 1936] the movement was on the rise.
A Vietnam War Reader: A Documentary History from American and Vietnamese Perspectives by Michael H. Hunt