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Key photo Street Execution of a Vietcong Prisoner, Saigon, Feb. 1, 1968 (1968) - Eddie Adams

Vietnam war

The Vietnam War was fought from 1957 to 1975 between communist forces and an array of Western and pro-Western forces, most importantly the United States. It sought to decide whether Vietnam should be unified under communist control or remain partitioned into North and South, in accordance with an agreement reached at Geneva in 1954. It ended with a communist victory and the unification of the country in 1975. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War [Jun 2005]


around 1.5 million Vietnamese killed

58,226 Americans killed

--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_war_timeline [Oct 2004]

1960s counterculture [...]

The term "counterculture" is perhaps most commonly used in reference to the youth rebellion that swept North America and Western Europe in the 1960s. This movement was a reaction against the conservative social mores of the 1950s, the political conservativism of the Cold War period, and the threat to male American youth from the Vietnam War draft.

The 1960s youth rebellion largely originated on college campuses, as new theories about culture and personal identity began to spread rapidly in the student environment. The youth culture turned abruptly away from the sense of social responsibility embodied in the American Civil Rights Movement and the protests against the Vietnam War, and pursued instead a lifestyle of personal gratification and "exploring inner space." Instead of campus political activity (of which the University of California at Berkeley was one leading center), there was the youth cultural rebellion that centered in nearby San Francisco in the Haight-Ashbury district. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterculture [Oct 2004]

Street Execution of a Vietcong Prisoner, Saigon, Feb. 1, 1968 (1968) - Eddie Adams

Eddie Adams (June 12, 1933 - September 19, 2004) was an American photographer.

Eddie is known for taking portraits of celebrities and politicians. As a photojournalist, he covered thirteen wars.

It was while covering the Vietnam War for Associated Press that he took his most famous photograph: the picture of police chief General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Vietcong prisoner on a Saigon street, in February 1, 1968. Adams won the Pulitzer Prize for the picture, but he would later lament its notoriety. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Adams [Sept 2004]

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