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Part One: Establishing the Historical Context "Beyond Vietnam"


  1. For this “anticipatory set” give students two minutes to write down everything that comes to mind when they think of the Vietnam War (President Johnson, My Lai, protests, etc.). Next, have them do the same thing for Martin Luther King, Jr. Have students break into pairs and share their answers. It is unlikely that any of the students will have any overlap between Vietnam and King.
  2. Provide students with background information about the Vietnam War and the historical context of the period (e.g. Lyndon B Johnson)
  3. Introduce King's "Beyond Vietnam" speech. Have students read first section of “Beyond Vietnam” (paragraphs 1-11), or listen to the speech recording.