Graduate Research Papers


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The interest In the Vietnam War is Increasing after years of being ignored. The body of literature about the Vietnam War is growing rapidly. Using this literature in high school courses to study the war is encouraged. Using literature to study a historical event personalizes it for the students.

The researcher read 45 novels and personal narratives about the Vietnam War. Each novel was tested for four values and inclusion of stereotyped secondary characteristics. One or more of the following values was present in 80 percent of the works: American involvement was wrong, American commanders were incompetent, South Vietnamese soldiers were not trying to win the war, and soldiers in the Vietnam War are different from soldiers in other wars. Stereotyped secondary characters were present in 93 percent of the works. The researcher also collected data about each author/s status as a Vietnam War veteran. The result of the study is an annotated bibliography.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Library Science

First Advisor

Elizabeth Martin


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