"Vietnam War at Home" WebQuest

LSHS US History - Feb 2014


This WebQuest will explore the implications of the Vietnam War in the United States. You will answer the questions listed on the worksheet found here by viewing the materials below.

I. Politics Surrounding the Vietnam War

The Draft:

  1. Read this article about the draft.
  2. Click on "Browse Stories" and choose one story from the list to read written by someone drafted to serve in the military.
  3. Click on "Lottery Facts" and read the short article.
  4. Click on "Top 10" to see a list of individuals who avoided the draft and how they "dodged" the draft.

**Alternative readings (if link above doesn't work):

26th Amendment:

  1. View the 26th Amendment below. (click here to read the text of the amendment)

II. Media Influence on the Vietnam War

III. The Public's Reaction to the Vietnam War

Student Protests

  1. Read paragraphs 1 and 4 of this article on student protests.
  2. Watch the video (embedded below) over the Kent State Protests in 1970.

Silent Majority

  1. Read Nixon's "Silent Majority" speech here.

Anti-war Movement

  1. Read the anti-war movement article here. (If you are accessing this off campus, you'll need to log in using your FISD Google apps account.)
Vietnam War: Protest-Kent State

IV. The Vietnam War in the Courtroom

Are you a Dove or a Hawk?

Based on what you have learned about the Vietnam War you must now decide if you would have been a Hawk, supporting the war, or a dove, against the war. Fill in the decision tree on your handout and be ready to defend your argument in a class debate.