08_Blood Sacrifice and Clashing American Narratives of the Vietnam War
2019-01-14 (Creation date: 2018-07-24)
- Main contributors
Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities; Edward Linenthal
The mass slaughter of 1864-1865 in the American Civil War eroded traditional belief in martial sacrifice as redemptive, blood shed for the new birth of the nation. Narratives in tension continued through both World Wars and the Korean War and gained intensity with the erosion of popular support for the war in Vietnam. The “dope and dementia,” “quagmire,” and “atrocity producing context” narrative templates clashed with traditional patriotic narratives of America at war.
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