Title

Ursinus Remembers: The Vietnam War

Submission Date

7-13-2017

Document Type

Paper

Department

History

Faculty Mentor

Kelly Sorensen

Comments

Presented during the 19th Annual Summer Fellows Symposium, July 21, 2017 at Ursinus College.

Project Description

The Vietnam War had far-reaching effects across the United States in the 1960s and 1970s. This project has been created to understand how Ursinus fit into a climate fraught with government issues, campus protests, and fear of communism. This digital humanities project analyzes the social and infrastructural repercussions of the war on the Ursinus campus and questions how and why we remember/memorialize certain things the way we do. The written sources for this project come from the archives in Myrin Library and include Weeklys (the previous name for The Grizzly which is our school's student newspaper), Lanterns, which is our student literary journal, and alumni journals. Alumni who were on campus during the Vietnam War have also been interviewed allowing for a deeper understanding of the atmosphere during this turbulent period in America’s history.