Vietnam and the American Political Tradition: The Politics of Dissent

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Overview

Many came to see cold war liberals during the Vietnam War as willing to invoke the democratic ideal, while at the same time tolerating dictatorships in the cause of anticommunism. This volume of essays demonstrates how opposition to the war, the military-industrial complex, and the national security state crystallized in a variety of different and often divergent political traditions. Indeed, for many of the individuals discussed, dissent was a decidedly conservative act in that they felt the war threatened traditional values, mores, and institutions.

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"The war in Vietnam was, like the Civil War, one of the formative, tragic events in American history. This splendid collection tells the important story of those in Congress who launched a brave, and at first lonely, effort to end the conflict that they believed was corroding America's finest values." Ronald Steel, University of Southern California

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"Vietnam and the American Political Tradition is a work of importance to historians and political scientists." The Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521010009
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction 1
Anti-Imperialism in U.S. Foreign Relations 12
World War II, Congress, and the Roots of Postwar American Foreign Policy 42
The Progressive Dissent: Ernest Gruening and Vietnam 58
"Come Home, America": The Story of George McGovern 82
Congress Must Draw the Line: Senator Frank Church and the Opposition to the Vietnam War and the Imperial Presidency 121
Dixie's Dove: J. William Fulbright, the Vietnam War, and the American South 149
Advice and Dissent: Mike Mansfield and the Vietnam War 171
The Reluctant "Volunteer": The Origins of Senator Albert A. Gore's Opposition to the Vietnam War 204
A Delicate Balance: John Sherman Cooper and the Republican Opposition to the Vietnam War 237
Friendly Fire: Lyndon Johnson and the Challenge to Containment 259
Richard Nixon, Congress, and the War in Vietnam, 1969-1974 282
Index 301
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