This paper was written for a graduate history seminar on environmentalism. It is a historiographical essay on the use of herbicides by the American military in Vietnam during the war. Human rights, morality, politics and health problems are not specifically addressed. Those concerns will be addressed in later essays. The focus here is on the American use of herbicides as a tactical measure to fight the war in Vietnam. For optimal reading view, click the "full screen" icon at the bottom right of the text window.
Agent Orange Environmental History
"Vietnam was as much a laboratory experiment as a war." -- John Pilger
"A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon." -- Napoleon Bonaparte
"The biggest lesson I learned from Vietnam is not to trust our own government statements. I had no idea until then that you could not rely on them." -- J. William Fulbright