American South and the Vietnam War : Belligerence, Protest, and Agony in Dixie
By: Fry, Joseph A.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Studies in Conflict, Diplomacy, and Peace: Publisher: Lexington : The University Press of Kentucky, 2015Description: 1 online resource (491 p.).ISBN: 9780813161099.Subject(s): Public opinion -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century | Southern States -- History, Military -- 20th century | Southern States -- Politics and government -- 20th century | Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Influence | Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Political aspects -- Southern States | Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Southern StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: American South and the Vietnam War : Belligerence, Protest, and Agony in DixieDDC classification: 959.704/310975 LOC classification: DS559.62.S68 -- F79 2015Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Front cover; Copyright; Contents; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1 Regionalism, Southerners, and US Foreign Relations, 1789-1973; 2 Southerners and the Vietnam Commitment, 1953-1964; 3 Southerners and the Decisions for War, 1965-1966; 4 Southern Soldiers; 5 Southerners and the Debate over the War's Conduct, 1967; Photo Illustrations; 6 Southerners and the Decision sto Withdraw from Vietnam, 1968-1970; 7 Southern College Students; 8 Southerners and the End of the Vietnam War, 1971-1973; Acknowledgments; Notes; Bibliographic Essay; Index
To fully comprehend the Vietnam War, it is essential to understand the central role that southerners played in the nation's commitment to the war, in the conflict's duration, and in the fighting itself. President Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas and Secretary of State Dean Rusk of Georgia oversaw the dramatic escalation of U.S. military involvement from 1965 through 1968. General William Westmoreland, born and raised in South Carolina, commanded U.S. forces during most of the Johnson presidency. Widely supported by their constituents, southern legislators collectively provided the most dependable support for war funding and unwavering opposition to measures designed to hasten U.S. withdrawal from the conflict. In addition, southerners served, died, and were awarded the Medal of Honor in numbers significantly 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 host of distinctly regional values, perspectives, and interests. He also considers the views of the dissenters, from student protesters to legislators such as J. William Fulbright, Albert Gore Sr., and John Sherman Cooper, who worked in the corridors of power to end the conflict, and civil rights activists such as Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, and Julian Bond, who were among the nation's most outspoken critics of the war. Fry's innovative and masterful study draws on policy analysis and polling data as well as oral histories, transcripts, and letters to illuminate not only the South's influence on foreign relations, but also the personal costs of war on the home front.
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