Digital archive for the Vietnam Anti-War movement, localized in Boston. The "Context" collection includes selected primary sources for better understanding the protest in Boston. The other collections illustrate the effect of Vietnam on Bostonians (and nearby regions) during 1967-1969. By looking at a case study of the movement in one city (here we look at Boston) the growth of public unrest can be tracked relative to the progress (or lack thereof) in the war.
The Vietnam War is but one of many proxy conflicts in the Cold War. The United States became involved in Vietnam when President Eisenhower became convinced by France that Ho Chi Minh, the president of North Vietnam, was affiliated with the Soviet Union. Now it is clear that Ho Chi Minh was a nationalist who sought to unify Vietnam under his leadership, not the Soviet Union's. After Eisenhower's commitment, primarily economical, the U.S would remain involved in Vietnam until 1975. Two U.S administrations later, President Lyndon Johnson would increase American involvement such that by 1967, a large anti-war movement existed in the states. Johnson's escalation of the war went mostly unopposed, if not mostly supported, for his first five years in office, in spite of a significant U.S military presence in Vietnam.
Johnson, Lyndon telephone conversation with Senator Richard Russell, May 27, 1964. University of Virginia.
President Johnson phone conversation with Senator Russell, expressing disdain yet obligation for staying in Vietnam.
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