Archive for October, 2012

Reintroducing my Primary Source

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

For my project my primary source is Jane Fonda’s Words of Politics and Passion by Mary Herschberger. Working with this book as my primary source is very useful because it has all the broadcasts Fonda made during her trip to Hanoi. The challenge with this source is the fact that it only gives me Fonda’s perspective and Fonda’s words of what happened it Vietnam. The book itself does not give me the reactions people had to her during the time. But it does cite other sources that are helpful and they show where Herschberger recieved her information to collect the speeches Fonda made. My research has become more focused with this source because it helps me focus only on the week in Vietnam and how people responded to Fonda. I can read her speeches and see how they are worded and how she expresses herself and then I try to put myself into the shoes of an American citizen who would be hearing her words at the time.

Primary and Secondary Sources

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

When looking at the primary sources for my project I can see how they are connected to the secondary sources and also how the secondary sources may not always utilize every aspect of the primary sources. Each secondary source takes certain aspects of primary sources to argue their points. The primary sources offer a wide range of reasons why Fonda was singled out as a traitor. These reasons range from gender, to film, and to culture. The problem with many of these primary sources is that many are opinions of what happened and even Fonda’s own account of her trip to Hanoi may be somewhat biased. This is also influenced the secondary sources because they do not look at all the aspects of why Fonda was a traitor, they just chose one to look at. Looking at the primary sources and secondary sources together has helped me to focus my own research to expand the literature. By looking at everything that could have caused these emtions to happen, then the Hanoi myth may be able to have an origin.