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My World: Officer Candidate School
Produced by: Askia Muhammad
In 1965 and 1966, Producer Askia Muhammad was a star-struck and naive college student who had matriculated from Watts to San Jose State University, while getting college deferments to serve two years active duty in the U.S. Navy Reserve. As Askia began struggles with becoming a Reserve Office Candidate, the country began to struggle with itself with blacks' rights, the hippie movement, the constant protest against the war in Vietnam. In My World: Officer Candidate School, Askia takes us through his path from faithful Naval Officer to conscientious objector.

Program Credits

My World:Officer Candidate School was produced by Askia Muhammed, with field production by Katie Gott. Special thanks to Mr Jackson, Mrs James, Mrs Summerville, and Mrs Eleanor Keys of Newport. The show was mixed by Jared Weissbrot. This program airs as part of My World, a collaboration with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's program "Out Front" and editor Neil Sandell. The series aired with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Resources

Links:
Vietnam Veterans Against the War
An organization that campaigns for peace, justice, and the rights of all United States military veterans.

Winter Soldier Investigation
In-depth look at the 1971 Winter Soldier Investigation, which was a media event intended to publicize war crimes and atrocities by the United States Armed Forces.

Vietnam Agent Orange Campaign
A coalition in support of Vietnamese victims affected by Agent Orange during the war.

Books:
Soldiers in Revolt: GI Resistance during the Vietnam War
by: David Cortright 2005
Most Americans know about the anti-Vietnam war movement from first-hand film accounts of the massive marches and sit-ins. Yet far fewer know the extent of resistance within the armed forces themselves. This pioneering 1975 account of GI resistance during the Vietnam War shows how the revolt disrupted the military’s plan during the war and the individual to refuse to obey their superiors.

Born on the Fourth of July
by: Ron Kovic 2005
This bestseller details the author's life story from a patriotic soldier in Vietnam, to his severe battlefield injury, to his role as the country's most outspoken anti-Vietnam War advocate, spreading his message from his wheelchair.

Fear and Reality!: A Vietnam War Diary
by: Latrell Bellard 2004
The first person account of a U.S. Army Combat Military Policeman's experiences in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam from 1966 until 1967. It is a story about the daily exertion required to survive the hostile jungle environment, punctuated by short bursts of intense fear, exhilaration, and death. The author experiences first hand the up-close and personal combat of guerrilla war.

Making of Black Revolutionaries
by: James Forman 1997
This eloquent and provocative autobiography, originally published in 1972, records a day by day, sometimes hour by hour, compassionate account of the events that took place in the streets, meetings, churches, jails, and in people's hearts and minds in the 1960s civil rights movement.

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