The Vietnam War

The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968-May 1969)

Public support for the war declines, and American men of draft age face difficult decisions and wrenching moral choices. After police battle with demonstrators in the streets of Chicago, Richard Nixon wins the presidency, promising law and order at home and peace overseas. In Vietnam, the war goes on and soldiers on all sides witness terrible savagery and unflinching courage.

The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968-May 1969)

1h 51m

Public support for the war declines, and American men of draft age face difficult decisions and wrenching moral choices. After police battle with demonstrators in the streets of Chicago, Richard Nixon wins the presidency, promising law and order at home and peace overseas. In Vietnam, the war goes on and soldiers on all sides witness terrible savagery and unflinching courage.

Previews + Extras

  • Men Like This: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Men Like This

    S1 E7 - 1m 14s

    A decorated Army veteran recalls the courage and loyalty he observed from young men serving in the Vietnam War.

  • Protests in Chicago, 1968: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Protests in Chicago, 1968

    S1 E7 - 1m 54s

    A journalist describes the scene of a violent clash between police and student protesters at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

  • Moratorium Protests, 1969: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Moratorium Protests, 1969

    S1 E7 - 1m 44s

    On November 15, 1969, half a million demonstrators turned out in Washington, D.C., to protest the war.

  • Episode Seven | Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode Seven | Preview

    S1 E7 - 30s

    In an immersive narrative, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never-before been told on film. THE VIETNAM WAR features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

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