First and foremost we thank the brave soldiers who took huge risks to oppose America’s unjust war while they were still in uniform and subject to prosecution for treason.
We are grateful to Mme Nguyen Thi Binh for her decades of inspiration in the quest for peace.
This exhibit would not have been possible without the support, sponsorship and cooperation of Bui Van Nghi, Secretary General of the Vietnam USA Society; Tran Xuan Thao director of the War Remnants Museum; the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations; the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee; the Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organizations; the Vietnam Foundation for Peace and Development; The Ho Chi Minh City Peace and Development Foundation; and the Institute for International Peace Studies at The University of Notre Dame. We owe special thanks to Chuck Searcy; Veterans For Peace; and Full Disclosure. Nguyen Thi Hong Hanh provided logistical support.
This exhibit is the world premiere of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s GI Press Collection in Madison, Wisconsin. The collection and careful digitization of this material was a ten-year labor of love by Dr. James Lewes. We encourage scholars and all interested parties to browse this fascinating online resource, containing over 88,000 searchable pages from more than 2,400 periodicals, pamphlets and posters. Original source materials were created by or for U.S. military personnel during the American Vietnam War era. Access to this unique and important digital resource is free and open to the public via www.wisconsinhistory.org or bit.ly/2wYZmv9.
We offer thanks to libraries and collectors who have preserved the original printed sources, including the International Institute for Social History in Amsterdam; the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan; and private collections maintained by former editors of the publications.
We wish to acknowledge the contributions of Dr. David Cortright whose 1975 book, Soldiers In Revolt: GI Resistance During the Vietnam War, remains the most comprehensive study of the soldiers who opposed America’s war in Vietnam. Veteran-scholar Michael Uhl and educator Skip Delano contributed materials, as did David Zeiger, producer of the film, Sir! No Sir!
Portraits of individual resistors are by William Short, who was charged with mutiny for refusing to fight while stationed in Vietnam. They appear in the book, A Matter of Conscience, by William Short and Willa Seidenberg.
The GI Movement itself owes tremendous thanks to Robert Zevin, the key founder, in 1968, of the United States Servicemen’s Fund. USSF was the single largest funder of the GI Coffee Houses and of the collection of “underground” newspapers that promoted the story of this powerful movement in real time.
For more information: www.wagingpeaceinvietnam.com
Guest Curator: Ron Carver, Institute for Policy Studies