Another case study in "Not So Long Ago" history: the fall of Saigon, the end of the Vietnam Conflict (and what happened after)

On Monday, we explore this iconic photograph, taken by Hubert Van Es, a Dutch photojournalist working in Saigon, on April 29, 1975.
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Large-format jpg from http://spatzo.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/024.jpg (right-click to view larger)


For details on the circumstances, impact, importance of this image and this day in history, see:
Iconic Photos blog, "The Fall of Saigon" 19 May 2009
Hubert Van Es, "Thirty Years at 300 Millimeters," New York Times, 29 April 2005
Lauren Sage Reinlie, "Helicopter Pilot Recalls Rush to Evacuate" NWFDailyNews online, 29 April 2013
Richard Pyle and Jeremiah Marquez, "Hugh Van Es" HuffPost, 15 May 2005

For what was happening at the U.S. embassy (which is NOT the building in this image but which WAS also being evacuated by helicopter), see:
Loren Jenkins, "Saigon: The Last Day," NPR 29 April 2005
Joseph Shapiro and Sandra Bartlett, "Forgotten Ship: A Daring Rescue as Saigon Fell," NPR All Things Considered 31 August 2010
George Esper, "Evacuation from Saigon Tumultuous at End," New York Times, 30 April 1975
"April 30, 1975: Saigon Falls," Teaching and Learning with the New York Times

Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos after April 1975:
PBS film Vietnam Passage - see the chapter on The City: After Liberation http://www.pbs.org/vietnampassage/City/city.after.html
Le Thi Anh, "The New Vietnam," The National Review, 29 April 1977
Aimee Phan, "Thirty Years After the Fall of Saigon, A Whole New Perspective," USA Today 27 April 2005
compare with
Jonathan Watts, "Thirty Years After the Fall of Saigon, the Celebrations Can Finally Begin," The Guardian 29 April 2005
Denver Post Photo Blog: A Look Back at Vietnam (35th Anniversary of Fall of Saigon) 20 April 2010
Hannah Beech, "About Turn," TIME 18 June 2009
Jane Perlez, "Vietnam War's Legacy is Vivid as Clinton Visits Laos," New York Times 11 July 2012
Peter Brush, "Vietnam, China and the Boat People," (2007) http://www.library.vanderbilt.edu/central/Brush/BoatPeople.htm
Michelle Tolson, "Remembering the 'Vietnam War' in Cambodia," Asian Correspondent, 27 May 2013
William Lloyd George, "The CIA's 'Secret War'" The Diplomat, 25 February 2011
"The Hmong in America," PBS Online NewsHour, 4 May 2000
"Boat-People:" A Refugee Crisis, Vietnamese-Canadian History, created for Asian Heritage Month (year?) by Radio Canada International

Some Information Literacy/ Critical Thinking Exercises:

Students can compare several accounts, interpretations or arguments about the war - it doesn't take much digging to find several that do not agree and even in short excerpts these can powerfully reinforce the idea that history is dynamic and contentious, and that interpretation on this (and many other) recent events in history is far from settled. A couple of examples: