The Vietnam Lobby: The American Friends of Vietnam, 1955-1975 [NOOK Book]

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Established in 1955 as a private advocacy group, the American Friends of Vietnam worked to influence U.S. attitudes and policies toward Vietnam for nearly two decades. AFV members wrote articles, gave speeches, sponsored aid drives, and forged ties with journalists, academics, and government officials in an effort to generate American assistance for South Vietnam. In The Vietnam Lobby, Joseph Morgan shifts the focus away from the much-examined antiwar demonstrations that took place in America to concentrate ...
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The Vietnam Lobby: The American Friends of Vietnam, 1955-1975

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Overview

Established in 1955 as a private advocacy group, the American Friends of Vietnam worked to influence U.S. attitudes and policies toward Vietnam for nearly two decades. AFV members wrote articles, gave speeches, sponsored aid drives, and forged ties with journalists, academics, and government officials in an effort to generate American assistance for South Vietnam. In The Vietnam Lobby, Joseph Morgan shifts the focus away from the much-examined antiwar demonstrations that took place in America to concentrate instead on the actions of those who endorsed U.S. intervention in Vietnam. Drawing on a wide range of documentary sources, Morgan presents a comprehensive study of the AFV and its activities. He traces the group's establishment and growth, examines its internal organization and politics, and, ultimately, evaluates its effectiveness in guiding government policy and public opinion. Morgan also assesses the charges of antiwar critics who claimed the AFV exerted an excessive, perhaps disastrous, influence in shaping America's Vietnam policy. Finally, he offers insights into the thinking of those who believed that the United States had the unique ability--even the obligation--to help shape Vietnam's future.

Originally published in 1997.

A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Well-researched, judicious, and crisply written.

Journal of American History

Morgan's research is meticulous and prodigious.

American Historical Review

Fills an important niche in the story of the U.S.'s involvement in Vietnam.

Choice

A deeply researched, clearly written history and analysis of the controversial citizens' lobbying group that worked to support anti-communism .

VVA Veteran

The book breaks new ground, is well researched and documented, and will be a welcome addition to [scholarship on] Vietnam.

Larry Berman, University of California, Davis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807863503
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 5/6/1997
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

A member of the Congregation of Christian Brothers, Joseph G. Morgan is assistant professor of history at Iona College.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
1 Ngo Dinh Diem's Early American Supporters, 1950-1954 1
2 The Founding of the AFV, 1954-1955 15
3 The Early Activities of the AFV, 1955-1956 31
4 Promoting the Diem Regime, 1956-1959 46
5 Losing Faith in Diem, 1959-1961 62
6 AFV Policy Disputes and American Escalation, 1961-1962 77
7 The AFV and the Fall of Diem, 1963 91
8 The AFV and the Escalation of the War in Vietnam, 1964-1965 104
9 The AFV and the American War in Vietnam, 1966-1968 122
10 The Last Years of the AFV, 1969-1975 137
11 Conclusion 153
App Officers of the AFV 161
Notes 165
Bibliography 209
Index 221
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