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Use this research guide to find primary documents and secondary sources (journal articles, books, etc.) about the Vietnam War.
Find below three historic videos spanning ten years of the Vietnam War. The first two speeches, delivered less than one month apart in the spring of 1965, contrast official and dissenting views of the war as U.S. involvement in Vietnam was escalating. The last video captures a U.S. government press conference held immediately following Saigon's fall, spring of 1975.
LBJ and Vietnam
Johnson inherited, but then escalated, a conflict that began during the administrations of earlier presidents. Here on May 13, 1965 LBJ "expresses his hope that a negotiated peace between North and South Vietnam can be achieved as a means of bringing peace and prosperity to all of Vietnam while thwarting Red Chinese ambitions in Southeast Asia" (Streaming video from Films on Demand, a TU Libraries' database).
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Vietnam War and Youthful Dissent
Find below a 5-minute video reenactment of Paul Potter's lengthier, April 17, 1965 speech titled We Must Name the System. Potter, former President of Students for a Democratic Society, criticizes in his speech the role of the U.S. government in Vietnam. Listen for parallels in the language used by Potter to describe the conflict in Vietnam and the language contemporary dissenters use to critique the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Fall of Saigon
On April 29, 1975, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger announced the downfall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War. Kissinger's remarks begin at 3 minutes and 45 seconds into the video.