Vietnamese Declaration of Independence

July 17, 2020

The introduction of the Vietnamese Declaration of Independence from the Nancy Gardner presentation was one of the high points of the week for me. Until that time I had not even presumed that such a document existed. To find out that the document was actually written by Ho Chi Minh himself was an eye opener. Furthermore to find out that Ho actually used the American Declaration of Independence and the French Declaration of the Rights of Men as resources was extremely edifying. I found it interesting that he opened with a direct quote from the Declaration of Independence and went on to quote from the Declaration of the Rights of Man.

His conversation is to the American and French authorities. He questions them on their hypocrisy throughout the document based on the American and French struggles for independence. This is one of the documents that I plan to share with my students.