Book Landmark speeches on the Vietnam War / edited and with an introduction by Gregory Allen Olson.
Associated Name: Olson, Gregory Allen.
Publication year: c2010.
Call Number DS557.4 .L36 2010
Media class: Book
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: College Station : Texas A&M University Press
ISBN: 9781603441810 1603441816 9781603441643 1603441646
Series title: Landmark speeches
Extent: 194 p. ; 24 cm.
Beginning more than sixty years ago, speechmaking supported the U.S. commitment to South Vietnam. Rhetoric helped send more than a half-million troops to defend the Vietnamese government the United States had yet sponsored; that policy led to dissent, and ultimately, Congress forcing the executive branch to terminate U.S. involvement. The fourteen key speeches collected in this volume, from Ho Chi Minh's "Declaration of the Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam" in 1945 to John Kerry's "Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee" in 1971, express the entire range of positions on the war, which contributed to political and societal developments that ordained its course and outcome. They span the most volatile years of that period, framed in words that shaped an era--Publisher's description.
"Declaration of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam" / Ho Chi Minh (September 2, 1945) -- "America's stake in Vietnam : the cornerstone of the free world in Southeast Asia" / John F. Kennedy (June 1, 1956) -- "Interests and policies in Southeast Asia" / Michael J. Mansfield (June 10, 1962) -- "Address at Johns Hopkins University: 'Peace without conquest'" / Lyndon B. Johnson (April 7, 1965) -- "Speech to the march on Washington to end the war in Vietnam" / Paul Potter (April 17, 1965) -- "Vietnam analysis-present and future" / George Aiken (October 19, 1966) -- "On Viet Nam" / Robert F. Kennedy (March 2, 1967) -- "Beyond Vietnam" / Martin Luther King, Jr. (April 4, 1967) -- "Vietnam : the situation today" / Gen. William C. Westmoreland (April 28, 1967) -- "We are mired in stalemate" / Walter Cronkite (February 27, 1968) -- "The President's address to the nation announcing steps to limit the war in Vietnam and reporting his decision not to seek reelection / Lyndon B. Johnson (March 31, 1968 ) -- "Address to the nation on the war in Vietnam" / Richard M. Nixon (November 3, 1969) -- "Address to the nation on the situation in Southeast Asia" / Richard M. Nixon (April 30, 1970) -- "Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee" / John Kerry (April 22, 1971).