K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park
A memorial honoring North Carolinians who were killed in the Vietnam War. Each name is engraved in a free-standing monolith in a 230-foot wide basin scooped out of the earth.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
French colonization and Vietnam wars
Photographs and text tell the story of Vietnam under French colonial rule, its experience during twentieth-century wars with France and the United States, and its recent liberalization.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
War tourism
In French colonization and Vietnam wars, page 17
At two sites in Cu Chi, about 45 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, the tunnels dug by Communist guerillas have been restored and are open for visitors. Tourists can enter some of the tunnels and examine supply storage areas as well as false entrances created...
By Lorraine Aragon.
A monument to war crimes
In French colonization and Vietnam wars, page 14
When post-war relations between Vietnam and the U.S. improved following former Secretary of State Robert McNamara's public annoncement that U.S. participation in the war was a mistake, this stone monument was moved to a less conspicuous location and the nearby...
By Lorraine Aragon.
A soldier's experience in Vietnam: Robert L. Jones
In Postwar North Carolina, page 7.7
Oral history interview with a North Carolina veteran of the Vietnam War. Jones discusses how his time in Vietnam left him with self-doubt and confusion about who he was as a person.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
National borders
In French colonization and Vietnam wars, page 6
Some Vietnamese Communists today point to early anti-French communist groups that emerged in North Vietnam in the 1930s, but no serious nationalist or communist movements emerged before World War II. The Japanese invaded French Indochina in 1940 and, as everywhere,...
Contemporary life in Vietnam
Photographs and text describe contemporary life in Vietnam and the impact of economic and social reforms since the 1980s.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Underground resistance
In French colonization and Vietnam wars, page 12
When U.S. forces could not control the tunnel areas effectively with ground troops, they dropped bombs on the area, seriously damaging the tunnel network and surrounding land. At two sites in Cu Chi, about 45 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, the tunnels...
By Lorraine Aragon.
French Indochina
In French colonization and Vietnam wars, page 1
The current national borders of Southeast Asia were not established until after World War II. What is now northern Vietnam was ruled by China for more than a thousand years, between the second century BCE and...
By Lorraine Aragon.
A soldier's experience in Vietnam: Herbert Rhodes
In Postwar North Carolina, page 7.4
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 5.7
Oral history interview with a North Carolina veteran of the Vietnam War. Rhodes describes his interactions with South Vietnamese civilians, and what he believes was the purpose behind the war.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Defoliation
In French colonization and Vietnam wars, page 11
During the Vietnam War, much of the region's dense forest and human settlements were destroyed by U.S. bombings and defoliation campaigns. Defoliants, including “Agent Orange,” were combinations of herbicides intended to kill trees and other plants...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Stone monument on U.S. crimes in Vietnam War at former U.S. Embassy in Saigon
Stone monument on U.S. crimes in Vietnam War at former U.S. Embassy in Saigon
A stone monument with a carved text detailing United States crimes in the Vietnam War stands outside the former U.S. Embassy in Saigon. When post-war relations between Vietnam and the U.S. improved following former Secretary of State Robert McNamara's public...
Format: image/photograph
Hanoi building left damaged from the Vietnam War
Hanoi building left damaged from the Vietnam War
A Hanoi building damaged during the Vietnam War still stands closed with a missing roof, chipped stucco, and damaged paint. Graffiti is written on an outside wall. This style of building with arched door and windows, stucco over brick, and decorative columns,...
Format: image/photograph
A soldier's experience in Vietnam: Johnas Freeman
In Postwar North Carolina, page 7.8
Oral history interview with a North Carolina veteran of the Vietnam War. Freeman explains that, despite the difficulties he faced readjusting to everyday life after Vietnam, he did not have any regrets about his decision to serve in the military.
Format: interview/primary source
Defoliant spraying in Vietnam War
Defoliant spraying in Vietnam War
A UH-1D helicopter from the 336th Aviation Company, United States Army, sprays a defoliation agent on a dense jungle area in the Mekong delta.
Format: image/photograph
Four large mortar shells and one grenade left from the Vietnam War
Four large mortar shells and one grenade left from the Vietnam War
Four large mortar shells and one grenade left from the Vietnam War rest on the ground. They remain in the central Vietnam region formerly known as the Demiliarized Zone between the forces of the North and the South. Although once heavily forested, the area...
Format: image/photograph
Trap entrance into underground Vietnam War tunnel at Cu Chi
Trap entrance into underground Vietnam War tunnel at Cu Chi
A trap entrance hole into an underground Vietnam War tunnel at Cu Chi is partially hidden by vines and leaves. During the 1960s, Communist guerillas dug these narrow tunnels that ran for about seventy-five miles from the countryside in Cu Chi west of Saigon...
Format: image/photograph
Steps and arched walkway inside Vietnam War tunnel at Cu Chi
Steps and arched walkway inside Vietnam War tunnel at Cu Chi
Steps and an arched walkway are seen inside a Vietnam War tunnel at Cu Chi. The surfaces appear to be carved of packed earth. During the 1960s, Communist guerillas dug these narrow tunnels that ran for about seventy-five miles from the countryside in Cu Chi...
Format: image/photograph
North Carolina Vietnam Veterans Memorial
North Carolina Vietnam Veterans Memorial
This is the North Carolina Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It is located between Lexington and Thomasville, North Carolina. It honors the North Carolinians who served and gave their lives in the Vietnam War.
Format: image/photograph
Colored wall map of tunnels at Cu Chi used by Vietcong during Vietnam War
Colored wall map of tunnels at Cu Chi used by Vietcong during Vietnam War
A colored wall map depicts the underground tunnels at Cu Chi used by Communist fighters, or Vietcong, during the Vietnam War. During the 1960s, Communist guerillas dug these narrow tunnels that ran for about seventy-five miles from the countryside in Cu Chi...
Format: image/photograph