CULTURE WARS, MEDIA WARS AND THE VIETNAM WAR
'Fortunate Sons' Airs Tuesday, May 28 (10:00 - 11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC
"Fortunate Sons" traces the roots of the American culture wars to a time 50 years ago when the nation was increasingly prosperous and increasingly divided. The question of what America owed the world and its own people was hotly debated as the gap between the generations grew. In 1969, as President Richard Nixon battled a growing anti-war movement, TV shows like "Hee Haw" and "Lawrence Welk" promoted small-town values, while other shows like "That Girl" and "The Brady Bunch" challenged ideas about what a family and what being female should look like. In the same period, John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged Bed-Ins for Peace and young TV stars like Marlo Thomas attended anti-war rallies. "Fortunate Sons" airs TUESDAY, MAY 28 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, and will be available streaming and on demand.
In 1969, as millions of young Americans turned 18 and were eligible for the draft for the first time, parents and their young adult children were at odds over what it meant to be American. Were the hippies waving Viet Cong flags the real patriots, or was it the "silent majority" who voted Richard Nixon into office and supported the war effort? Where did that leave the young men returning from the war - the drafted and the volunteers - who were changed forever by what they had seen?
"Fortunate Sons" explores the growing divide in the nation that year, along with the journey of three U.S. soldiers, including Tiney Corbett Jr., a young African American soldier who braved enemy fire for $75 a day while seeing fellow soldiers waving confederate flags; Dan Millians, a helicopter pilot from Georgia, who enlisted out of high school and ended up rescuing Vietnamese civilians during one of the most infamous massacres in American military history; and a young John Kerry, who volunteered after graduating from Yale, but became a leading opponent of the war after his service. In a new interview, Pat Buchanan, Nixon's youthful media advisor, describes life inside the White House in 1969. He and Kerry would go on to battle one another for decades. "Fortunate Sons" also examines the massacre at My Lai, where American soldiers were found to have slaughtered old men, women and children, and that ultimately changed popular sentiment about the war itself.
The series director and executive producer is Jeanmarie Condon for Lincoln Square Productions.
About Lincoln Square Productions
ABC News' Lincoln Square Productions produces original content for broadcast, cable and digital distribution specializing in compelling ways to tell fact-based stories, including ABC's thought-provoking docu-series "The Last Defense" from Viola Davis, John Ridley's critically-acclaimed documentary on the LA Riots "Let It Fall," the "Madoff" miniseries starring Richard Dreyfuss and popular series "What Would You Do?," as well as documentary programming for a wide array of partners, including PBS, Discovery Communications and A&E Networks. Lincoln Square Productions is wholly-owned by the American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. and is a part of ABC News' Long Form programming unit, which includes "20/20," "Truth and Lies" and "Nightline." The headquarters are located in New York City's Lincoln Square neighborhood.