The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory, and the Legacy of Vietnam / Edition 1

The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory, and the Legacy of Vietnam / Edition 1

by Jerry Lembcke
     
 

One of the most resilient images of the Vietnam era is that of the anti-war protester -- often a woman -- spitting on the uniformed veteran just off the plane. The lingering potency of this icon was evident during the Gulf War, when war supporters invoked it to discredit their opposition. In this startling book, Jerry Lembcke demonstrates that not a single incident of… See more details below

Overview

One of the most resilient images of the Vietnam era is that of the anti-war protester -- often a woman -- spitting on the uniformed veteran just off the plane. The lingering potency of this icon was evident during the Gulf War, when war supporters invoked it to discredit their opposition. In this startling book, Jerry Lembcke demonstrates that not a single incident of this sort has been convincingly documented. Rather, the anti-war Left saw in veterans a natural ally, and the relationship between anti-war forces and most veterans was defined by mutual support. While veterans were sometimes made to feel uncomfortable about their service, this sense of unease was, Lembcke argues, more often rooted in the political practices of the Right.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814751473
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
217
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction: The Spitting Image1
2Yellow Ribbons and Spat-Upon Veterans: Making Soldiers the Means and Ends of War11
3Dear Spiro Agnew: About Soldiers, Veterans, and the Anti-war Movement27
4The Nixon-Agnew Counteroffensive: "Good Veterans" vs. "Bad Veterans"49
5Spat-Upon Veterans: The Evidence (or Lack Thereof)71
6From Odysseus to Rambo: Coming-Home Stories84
7From Badness to Madness: The Mental Labeling of Vietnam Veterans101
8Women, Wetness, and Warrior Dreams127
9Myth, Spit, and the Flicks: Coming Home to Hollywood144
10We Are What We Remember183
Notes189
References199
Filmography207
Index211
About the Author217

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