Archive for September, 2012

Secondary Sources

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

For my project I could not pick just one valueable secondary source. I have a couple that are all equal in importance to my research. The list includes Aid and Comfort by Henry Mark Holzer and Ericka Holzer, Camp All-American, Hanoi Jane, and the High-and-Tight: Gender, Folklore, and Changing Military Culture by Carol Burke, A Political Biography of an Antiwar Icon: Jane Fonda’s War by Mary Hershberger, and Nixonland by Rick Perlstein. These books are all very useful because they address what happened while Jane Fonda visited Hanoi and the responses that came because of the trip.

In Burke’s book, she addresses the reason why people hated Jane was because she was a woman that voiced a different opinion. She was too outspoken for her time. The Holzer’s book takes a legal standpoint on what happened in Hanoi and why there was enough evidence to take her to trial. Hershberger’s book, Jane Fonda’s War, looks at what happened in Hanoi and how people responded to it in a negative way. And Nixonland, looks at the Nixon Administration and how it handled anti-war protestors and Jane Fonda’s activism.

All of these sources are very useful to my research because they allow me to have more than one view on my topic. They discuss why Fonda is believed to be a traitor and why people have responded to her the way they have. They either feel threatned because she is a woman or they feel a deep sense of betrayal coming from America

Note Taking

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

When it comes to taking notes for a research project like this, I have always been very bad at it. It is not something I find enjoyable to do and in high school I normally could avoid taking any notes. But for this project I will have to take notes if I want it to be successful. So far I have managed to skim many of the books for my project and mark them with small sticky notes to remember the places that seemed important. After this I plan on writing the important information down in my notebook. Each list of notes will be separated by which book they came from.

Many people have tried to tell me that taking notes would be easier if I would type them out on the computer, but to me that just seems like a bigger hassle. When I am reading something, I do not want to be distracted and with internet right beside me it would be easy to become so. Hopefully during class, I will learn some better ways to take notes.

Good and Bad websites

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

This was a website that looked like it be good when I first found it. Yet, when I looked closer I realized it had nothing to offer. The author did not cite any sources for the statements she was making and had no credibility. She even stated in her bio that she was blogging on a whim.

The uncyclopedia website is great to read but not good for research. I came across it a couple of days ago and one of my friends told me to copy the page before wikipedia corrected itself.

This website is a good source for my topic because the man wrote the essay because the Vietnam war was something he was very interested in. He cited all of his sources. Brush is a reference librarian at Vanderbilt University.

Choosing a Topic

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

The topic that I am researching is Jane Fonda, how she protested the Vietnam War, and the reaction that came from the people about her. Why do so many people consider her a traitor to the United States? And did she really betray her country by protesting a war that was possibly hurting both Vietnam and the U.S.? My primary source is Jane Fonda’s Words of Politics and Passion, a collection of Fonda’s speeches put together by Mary Hershberger. As of now I am working on finding news articles about responses to Fonda’s protest, negative and positive responses. It should not be a challenge to find these articles because many people had negative responses to Fonda. Even now people still refer to her as Traitor Jane and Hanoi Jane.

I have also found many interviews of Jane Fonda about why she protested the war and why she decided to be an activist. The biggest challenge of this project will be finding enough reliable sources of why people did not like Fonda during this time period.

I have always been very interested in this subject and I feel as if it is my job and a beginning history major to find out why Fonda’s visit to Hanoi caused so much problems.