Vietnam and the American Political Tradition: The Politics of Dissent

Vietnam and the American Political Tradition: The Politics of Dissent

by Randall B. Woods
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521811481

ISBN-13: 9780521811484

Pub. Date: 03/03/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521811484
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/03/2003
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction1
Anti-Imperialism in U.S. Foreign Relations12
World War II, Congress, and the Roots of Postwar American Foreign Policy42
The Progressive Dissent: Ernest Gruening and Vietnam58
"Come Home, America": The Story of George McGovern82
Congress Must Draw the Line: Senator Frank Church and the Opposition to the Vietnam War and the Imperial Presidency121
Dixie's Dove: J. William Fulbright, the Vietnam War, and the American South149
Advice and Dissent: Mike Mansfield and the Vietnam War171
The Reluctant "Volunteer": The Origins of Senator Albert A. Gore's Opposition to the Vietnam War204
A Delicate Balance: John Sherman Cooper and the Republican Opposition to the Vietnam War237
Friendly Fire: Lyndon Johnson and the Challenge to Containment259
Richard Nixon, Congress, and the War in Vietnam, 1969-1974282
Index301

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