Kheel Center for Labor Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University, KHE_5206-S_B31F5_175
Article, “Was Puerto Rican GI Jailed For Friendship With Blacks?” regarding Private Luis Lopez, Jr., Amsterdam News, May 8, 1971. [2 pages]
What newspaper published this article? When?
What was the charge against Lopez?
What does Mrs. Lopez say about the treatment her son received from the military?
How does Luis Lopez say that his case was treated differently from the case of Lt. Calley, a white officer?
In Lopez’s letters to his mother, what specific examples does he give of how the military treated minority soldiers unfairly?
Research the case of Lt. William Calley, and contrast and compare the differences in how the trials and sentences of Calley and Lopez were carried out. Examine such things as opportunities for bail and the assignment of defense attorneys.
Research the history of the Amsterdam News. Would you expect the editorial board of this newspaper to be for or against Private Lopez? Try to find an editorial on the subject from this newspaper and determine if you were correct.
Math: Research statistics (see Resources below) regarding the number of white and black soldiers serving in Vietnam and the differences in deaths and casualties by race. Compare these numbers to the population statistics by race for 1970, as well as to the percentage of white and black soldiers serving in the entire U.S. military during the Vietnam era.
English Language Arts: Interview a veteran of the War in Iraq. Develop a list of questions you would like to have answered. Write a report of your interview.
Belknap, Michal R. 2002. The Vietnam War on Trial: The My Lai Massacre and the Court-Martial of Lieutenant Calley. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2002.
Gershen, Martin. 1971. Destroy or Die: The True Story of My Lai. New York: Arlington House, 1971.
United States Department of Defense. Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Equal Opportunity and Safety Policy. Hispanics in America's Defense. Washington, D.C.: Department of Defense, 1982.
Ybarra, Lea. 2004. Vietnam Veteranos: Chicanos Recall the War. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2004.