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The War within the War: Race in Vietnam
U.S. Army leaders in Vietnam were once proud of their record on race, especially as racial violence escalated back home. But by mid-1968 these same leaders, many of them white, were describing race relations as “a war within the war,” challenging the commonly held axiom that: “there’s only one color and that’s o.d. (olive drab).” Join Dr. Beth Bailey, Director, Center for Military, War, and Society Studies at the University of Kansas, for a talk that discusses race during the war through the stories of those who lived it. Guests will learn about Major Merritt, who told newspaper reporters that the U.S. Army was a “citadel of racism,” about Vietnam’s Long Binh Jail Riot and of the Army’s efforts to address mounting racial tensions within its ranks. This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition, The Vietnam War: 1945-1975, a traveling exhibition from the New-York Historical Society. Presented in partnership with the National Archives at Kansas City. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 6:30 PM