Viet­nam war ex­hibit opens in new york

The Sunday Guardian - - The Week -

NEW YORK: When the idea for a Viet­nam War ex­hibit came up at the New-York His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety a few years ago, Trustee James Grant re­calls that even af­ter more than four decades, pas­sions about it were strong. The war, which di­vided the United States and ex­posed the lim­its of its military might, is the sub­ject of a new ex­hibit that res­onates with to­day’s di­vi­sive pol­i­tics. Nearly three years in the mak­ing, “The Viet­nam War: 1945-1975” opens on Wed­nes­day. Through arte­facts, video, au­dio and pho­to­graphs, the ex­hibit tells the story of the con­flict from its post-World War Two ori­gins when the United States backed French troops try­ing to re­tain colo­nial rule over In­dochina. It de­picts the es­ca­la­tion and de-es­ca­la­tion, as it was called at the time, of Amer­i­can troop num­bers in Viet­nam and the growing anti-war move­ment at home, as well as demon­stra­tions sup­port­ing the war ef­fort.

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