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Author Lembcke, Jerry, 1943-

Title The spitting image : myth, memory, and the legacy of Vietnam / Jerry Lembcke ; consulting editor: Harvey J. Kaye
Published New York : New York University Press, [1998]


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Description xi, 217 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction: the spitting image -- Yellow ribbons and spat-upon veterans: making soldiers the means and ends of war -- Dear Spiro Agnew: about soldiers, veterans and the anti-war movement -- The Nixon-Agnew counter-offensive: "good veterans" vs. "bad veterans" -- Spat-upon veterans: the evidence (or lack thereof) -- From Odysseus to Rambo: coming home stories -- From badness to madness: the mental labeling of Vietnam veterans -- Women, wetness, and warrior dreams -- Myth, spit, and the flicks: coming home to Hollywood -- We are what we remember
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-210) and index
Subject Public opinion -- United States.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Public opinion.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Veterans -- United States.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Veterans
LC no. 98009048
ISBN 0814751466
9780814751473 (paperback)