Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans Topics for Discussion

Wallace Terry
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Choose several stories to compare and contrast. Do these stories create a complete picture of the experience of blacks in Vietnam?

Charles Strong says that he would fight an enemy on American soil but refuses to go to war in another country again. Consider Charles' experiences and his sentiment about war, then consider how soldiers currently fighting overseas feel about their own situation. Can you draw any similarities or conclusions?

The last two stories in the book, those of Dwyte Brown and Fred Cherry, are vastly different. Why do you think that Wallace Terry chose to conclude his book with these two accounts? Why do you think Terry chose to relate Dwyte's story before Fred's?

Think of some of the movies you may have seen about Vietnam (Apocalypse Now; Good Morning, Vietnam; Platoon; Born on the Fourth of July, etc.) and discuss whether these...

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