Term of Award

Spring 2018

Degree Name

Master of Arts in History (M.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

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Department of History

Committee Chair

William Allison

Committee Member 1

Brian Feltman

Committee Member 2

Michelle Haberland


The Vietnam era was a time of great social unrest in Savannah. The Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement made Savannahians question Southern traditions and values including patriotism, honor, and deeply rooted racism. Through the interviews of over fifty Savannah civilians and Vietnam veterans, this thesis argues that Savannah is more complex and diversified in opinion than what the narrow scope the Southern narrative allows. Savannah’s history with the military and service members since the Civil War gives agency to the importance of its inhabitants’ opinions on the Vietnam War. Over the course of the Vietnam War, many Savannahians became disenchanted with American foreign policy in Vietnam. Nevertheless, the community remained supportive of those who served overseas and those who returned to Savannah after their tours of duty.

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