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The Source: Documentary Looks At Latinos And The Vietnam War


If you were young and poor in the late 60s, you were probably going to war. Vietnam drafted hundreds of thousands of men into its ranks over the course of its 10 years, and many were Mexican-American. 

A new documentary charts the experience of many of these young men. "On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam" brings the Latino experience to the fore. Statistically the war had a larger impact on families of color, and those that died had an overrepresentation of Latinos. As the victims of war mounted, the war became entwined in the political awakening of the Mexican-American community. Soon the once popular route of joining the military would become as divisive in this community as in the mainstream.


  • Myléne Moreno, director of "On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam"
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