The American South and the Vietnam War: Belligerence, Protest, and Agony in Dixie (Studies In Conflict Diplomacy Peace)

The American South and the Vietnam War: Belligerence, Protest, and Agony in Dixie (Studies In Conflict Diplomacy Peace)


to totally understand the Vietnam struggle, it's necessary to comprehend the vital function that southerners performed within the nation's dedication to the warfare, within the conflict's period, and within the struggling with itself. President Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas and Secretary of country Dean Rusk of Georgia oversaw the dramatic escalation of U.S. army involvement from 1965 via 1968. normal William Westmoreland, born and raised in South Carolina, commanded U.S. forces in the course of lots of the Johnson presidency. extensively supported via their components, southern legislators jointly supplied the main liable help for struggle investment and unwavering competition to measures designed to hasten U.S. withdrawal from the clash. furthermore, southerners served, died, and have been presented the Medal of Honor in numbers considerably disproportionate to their states' populations.

In The American South and the Vietnam War, Joseph A. Fry demonstrates how Dixie's majority pro-war stance derived from a bunch of especially neighborhood values, views, and pursuits. He additionally considers the perspectives of the dissenters, from pupil protesters to legislators similar to J. William Fulbright, Albert Gore Sr., and John Sherman Cooper, who labored within the corridors of energy to finish the clash, and civil rights activists resembling Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, and Julian Bond, who have been one of the nation's so much outspoken critics of the conflict. Fry's leading edge and masterful examine attracts on coverage research and polling info in addition to oral histories, transcripts, and letters to light up not just the South's effect on international family, but in addition the private expenses of struggle at the domestic entrance.

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