The Role of Antiwar Art in Ending American Involvement in the Vietnam War
This thesis-driven history research essay argues that Vietnam-era antiwar art played a hand in turning American public opinion against the war despite accusations of communist sympathies from major cultural institutions like MoMA. The student highlights work by the APC, AMP, GAAG, and the AWC.
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"This is a nuanced and thorough look at this moment, and I appreciated your discussion about the complex dynamic of American artists' commentary against the often unheard voices of the Vietnamese experience. It's clear from your notes that you've spent time with the literature, and your adherence to proper Chicago formatting ensures the reader can easily follow your research approach.
The overall organization is logical, though I wonder if there is a way to, after providing the overview of the war's course in the first body paragraph, check in a few more times as you go so the reader can match up the war's timeline with the more (and naturally so) amorphous timeline of the art, or some signposting that considers the three strands you work with: the war, American opinion of the war, and the art(s).
On a similar note regarding the reader experience, I suggest some focus on clarity of language and precise diction. One instance that stood out was the accusation of nihilism in the conclusion, which I found hard to decipher -- this analysis of Lippard's position may require more setting up to land. Also in the conclusion, I didn't quite follow how a lack of hope ("unhopeful") represents McCarthyism. In both these cases, the reader questions if this is a diction issue or a gap in the argumentation. That being said, aim for lucidity and effective communication in diction and syntax to ensure the reader's focus on the ideas. Your writing is strong, with good narrative flow, so this will likely be a task of polishing and refining by way of those existing strengths."
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