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  • Effective immediately, all South Vietnamese counterinsurgency activities became part of a new program known as Phuong Hoang, a reference to a magical bird associated with royalty and power in Vietnamese and Chinese cultural traditions. In response to the South Vietnamese move, American officials in Vietnam began referring to their own counterinsurgency coordination efforts by the name that they deemed the closest Western analogue to the mythical creature: Phoenix. (...

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  • The meeting was remarkable in part because of where it took place: on the bank of a canal in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. 

    One of the veterans was then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who had once patrolled the surrounding waterways as an American naval officer during the Vietnam War. 

    The other was Vo Van Tam, a native of the area who spent the war fighting for the communist-led “Viet Cong” insurgency.  In February 1969, Kerry and Tam...

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  • most works written to date on Newark in terms of breadth, focus, sources, and analysis," writes the prize committee. "Rabig, unlike most historians of Newark, goes beyond the 1967 riots to consider the redevelopment of New Jersey's largest city which makes her interpretation more nuanced on multiple levels. Rabig does not only examine her subject from the points of view of race and class struggle in Newark, she also offers a feminist perspective in her treatment of that important period of...

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  • “Strategic Hamlet” program during the Vietnam War.  He is the author of “Why Vietnam Matters,” a 2009 memoir about his Vietnam experiences.  Mr. Phillips appeared in the 2017 film “The Vietnam War,” by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.    

  • Jackson Award committee's citation:

    Slave economies fueled urban growth and the evolution of most – perhaps all – American cities in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Rashauna Johnson’s book, Slavery’s Metropolis, carefully maps this history for New Orleans from 1791 to 1825, and in the process offers insights into the urban geographies of empire, race, and power. Johnson persuasively argues that enslaved peoples moved through transnational and global spaces while also being...

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  • Media Lab’s Disobedience Award. Freedom University, which provides college-level courses for undocumented students banned from Georgia’s universities, received top recognition from among 7,800 nominees in the MIT award’s inaugural year. Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, donated $250,000 to MIT’s media lab to fund the annual prize for responsible, ethical disobedience. At Dartmouth, Voekel teaches courses on the history of colonial and modern Latin America, capitalism in the...

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  •  The winner will be announced following the Douglass Prize Review Committee meeting in the fall. For full story click here.

  • some of the project participlants, including Associate Professor of History Edward Miller.  Read full story here.

  • private ones, aspiring students find another way." Read full article.

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