Lesson 1 (from Introduction; Private First Class Reginald Edwards; Specialist 5 Harold Bryant)
In the introduction, the reader learns that in 1967 while working at the Washington bureau of Time magazine, Wallace Terry was asked to report a story about the role of the black soldier in the Vietnam war. The objective of this lesson is to discuss Wallace Terry and why he wrote the book.
1) Class discussion: Why was Vietnam and the black soldier a compelling story for Terry? Why did the high fatality rate among blacks make this an interesting story for Terry? What did Terry tell his wife that this war was for him? After writing the story, when did Terry return to Vietnam? How long did he stay? What did he see change during that second visit? What bothers Terry about the way that the black soldiers were treated when they returned home? Why did Terry believe he should be the one to tell the...
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