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This lesson serves to provide students with an understanding of the political divisions that emerged with regards to the Vietnam War in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Students will have some background information about this topic both from this course and from United States History courses taken in middle school. Students will have a firm understanding of activism in the 1960s after having learned about the Counterculture in the previous chapter of their textbook. Students will have some knowledge about the Vietnam War and some of the political divisions that sprouted from this event from their middle school classes in United States History. It is important to discuss the political divisions about the Vietnam War because students will learn methods employed by other students in the past to express their political views (students can make connections to the world beyond the classroom), the role of music in the anti-war movement (again making connections to the world beyond the classroom), ways that the home front during the Vietnam War was unique (allowing students to engage in ethical valuing and to make connections to the world beyond the classroom), and how the American government was influenced by the Vietnam War (integrating topics in government).
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