A Matter of Conscience : GI Resistance During the Vietnam War Intro
In 1975 the last U.S. troops left Viet Nam and even today Americans are still struggling to understand the war and its consequences.
A Matter of Conscience: GI Resistance During the Vietnam War, is a series of 58 portraits and oral histories that bear witness to the difficult choices and moral decisions that faced GIs during one of the most divisive periods of our nation's history. It tells the little-known stories of the men and women who resisted from within the ranks of the military.
The military demanded blind trust and soldiers were expected to obey, right or wrong. But at the same time, these youths entered the military with a set of values that often did not conform to the duties they were expected to carry out as soldiers. Their courage to listen to their consciences serves as a lesson to future generations, particularly tomorrow's soldiers who may one day be faced with their own Vietnam.
These stories and portraits were collected over a five year period and have been exhibited throughout the United States, Vietnam, Japan and Australia.