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Mr. H. from Brooklyn NY is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Vietnam War on Television

My students need to get to see the first televised war in living color.

  • $265 goal

This project expired on December 16, 2016.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

McLuhan wrote, "Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn't know the first thing about either." In my school room, we have a rigorous, rambunctious, and at times, ransacked social studies classroom!

The school neighborhood has students of a wide variety of learning styles, cultural origins, and religions, but what they all share is zany, passionate teachers who tune into students.

Our students represent locales as far from our school as Uzbekistan, Ecuador, and China, to nearby Sheepshead Bay and Coney Island!

My Project

In late February 1968, CBS News' Walter Cronkite reported on the Tet Offensive and opined that the war in Vietnam was a quagmire in which the United States could really make no progress. In response to this report, President Lyndon Johnson mused "If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost Middle America." A month later the president announced he would not seek the office again in the upcoming election.

The mass media -- particularly the evening news and popular music -- changed the everyday American's opinion on Vietnam and students need to see what the American of the late 60's saw.

This is why we are starting a History Video Library starting with the Vietnam War -- the Television War!

The library will include John Wayne's pro-War polemic The Green Berets (1968), the PBS Documentary Vietnam: A Television History (1983), the documentaries Hearts and Minds (1965) and Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1987) and the historical fiction films Platoon (1986) and Full Metal Jacket (1987). This will give the students a perspective of the war while it occurred and of the war a dozen or so years after it had ended. We are also requesting a DVD/VHS player so that we can watch the visual library!

Mr. H.
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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9 donors9 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 150 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Funai Corp. DV220FX5 Dual Deck DVD and VHS Player • Amazon Business $99.99 1 $99.99
Vietnam - A Television History • Amazon Business $31.68 1 $31.68
Hearts And Minds (Blu-ray + DVD) • Amazon Business $27.63 1 $27.63
Dear America - Letters Home from Vietnam • Amazon Business $16.79 1 $16.79
Platoon Repackaged • Amazon Business $6.59 1 $6.59
The Green Berets • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Full Metal Jacket • Amazon Business $4.50 1 $4.50

Materials cost

$192.17

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.88

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$225.05

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$39.71

Total project goal

$264.76

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$264.76

8 Donors

-$169.76

Donations toward project cost

-$144.30

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$25.46

match offer

-$95.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$80.75

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$14.25

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$0.00

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