Vietnam and the American Political Tradition: The Politics of Dissent

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Randall B. Woods
Cambridge University Press, Feb 24, 2003 - History - 324 pages
This volume is intended to demonstrate how opposition to the war in Vietnam, 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 figures discussed, dissent was a decidedly conservative act in that they felt that the war threatened traditional values, mores, and institutions, even though their definitions of what was sacred differed profoundly. To an extent many of the dissenters treated in this volume were at one time Cold War liberals. During the course of the Vietnam War, they came to see the foreign policy which they were supporting, with its willingness to invoke the democratic ideal and at the same time tolerate dictatorships in the cause of anticommunism, as morally and politically corrupt. Most dissenters increasingly came to perceive cold war liberalism as a radical departure that threatened the fundamental ideals of the republic.

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Contents

Introduction
1
AntiImperialism in US Foreign Relations
12
World War n Congress and the Roots of Postwar American Foreign Policy
42
Ernest Gruening and Vietnam
58
The Story of George McGovern
82
Senator Frank Church and Opposition to the Vietnam War and the Imperial Presidency
121
J William Fulbright the Vietnam War and the American South
149
Mike Mansfield and the Vietnam War
171
The Origins of Senator Albert A Gores Opposition to the Vietnam War
204
John Sherman Cooper and the Republican Opposition to the Vietnam War
237
Lyndon Johnson and the Challenge to Containment
259
Richard Nixon Congress and the War in Vietnam 19691974
282
Index
301
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