April 4

One of the more famous LBJ cartoons. The President, a rather uncouth man, was fond of showing visitors the scar from his gall bladder surgery. In this version, however, the scar had a rather different shape.
Today's class will focus on the Americanization of the Vietnam War and its effect on the Cold War liberal consensus. The reading looks at the options considered by the Johnson administration in early 1965; in class, we'll be spending more time on the dissents against the war from the public and, especially, the Senate.
Logevall, Choosing War, pp. 252-374.
Reading Notes


FRUS, early 1965


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Southeast Asia as viewed in the War Room in Johnson's White House.

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