Let’s Talk Books (11/??)


Personal Correspondence

One of my favorite primary sources when studying any war is the letters to and from troops in the field. It can reveal so much about life in the field and life on the homefront; about what the troops are missing and what occupies their thoughts; about what sustains those waiting at home and those under fire. Overall they are just one of the most powerful sources available. In the case of the Vietnam War we have the opportunity to see some of the words left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, thanks to the conservation efforts of the National Parks Service. This is helpful to seeing how the war is remembered, and how some have coped with the trauma and loss of war.

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