Lyndon Johnson in one of his favorite positions: on the telephone
And then an
examination of the US escalation in Vietnam. The background reading is from the
Sourcebook, pp. 302-324. A little short on time? Then these
reading notes will
provide you all you need to know.
For a sense of the area's geography, click on
the map--published in Time in the 1950s.
And then a couple of
types of documents--which you do have to read!!
set of documents contains
and meetings from the time. How do they differ in value from the oral
history? What are their strengths and limitations as sources?
set of documents has two
transcripts of LBJ
phone conversations. Does the relative informality and off-the-record nature
of phone calls provide more or less insight on the administration's
decisionmaking structure? Please PRINT THESE OUT for class.
Johnson, a rather uncouth man, liked to show
visitors his scar from gall bladder surgery. This cartoonist captured a
different view of the scar; click on it for a a larger view.