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The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970) 

President Richard Nixon begins withdrawing American troops from Vietnam, but his authorization of the invasion of Cambodia sparks large protests in America.


Ken Burns, Lynn Novick


Episode credited cast:
Peter Coyote ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Creighton Williams Abrams Creighton Williams Abrams ... Self - Commanding General in S. Vietnam (archive footage)
Spiro Agnew ... Self - Vice President USA (archive footage)
Nancy Biberman Nancy Biberman ... Self - Anti-war Activist
Sam Brown Sam Brown ... Self -Anti-war Activist (archive footage)
Nguyen Thoi Bung Nguyen Thoi Bung ... Self - Viet Cong
William Calley William Calley ... Self - Platoon Leader (archive footage)
Carol Crocker Carol Crocker ... Self - Goucher College
Walter Cronkite ... Self - CBS News Anchorman (archive footage)
Le Duan Le Duan ... Self - Leader of N. Vietnam (archive footage)
Bill Ehrhart Bill Ehrhart ... Self - Marines
Duong Van Mai Elliott Duong Van Mai Elliott ... Self - Saigon
Glenn Frank Glenn Frank ... Self - Geologist Professor (archive footage)
Robert Frishman Robert Frishman ... Self - Former Prisoner of War (archive footage)
Joan Furey Joan Furey ... Self - Army Nurse


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President Richard Nixon begins withdrawing American troops from Vietnam, but his authorization of the invasion of Cambodia sparks large protests in America.

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The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970)
7 November 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

President Nixon in preparation for any peace talks in Paris withdraw troops from Vietnam but then escalates the conflict in Cambodia.

America is still divided and protests against the war is growing. Soldiers who fought in Vietnam or their family members are confused but they themselves are supporting the anti war movement or speaking out against the war.

Stories of American war crimes become public and they were not an isolated incident. The My Lai massacre where civilians including babies, women, children and the old were slaughtered. More would have died if not for another US helicopter that deliberately got in the way in order to protect the civilians at risk. The perpetrators for these criminal actions were let off easy.

The ugliness of the war in the far east came closer to home when in an anti war demo at Kent State University on May 4 1970,. Twenty nine National Guardsmen fired approximately 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students, wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.

One of the dead and some of the injured were innocent bystanders who were just walking between classes. The parents of the dead bystander received hate mail calling their slain son a communist.

For some ex army veterans like John Musgrave this was the tipping point. It was a shock to see that photograph of a guy with long curly black hair and beard at the end of the episode with the caption John Musgrave, now a fully fledged anti war protester.

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English | Vietnamese

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26 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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