Category Archives: Lyndon Johnson

Soldiers in la Guerra

Gilberto C. Villarreal, the author’s father, in Vietnam. “The Edgewood Independent School District, located in a predominantly lower-income Mexican immigrant and Mexican-American west side neighborhood of San Antonio, suffered 54 casualties during the Vietnam War, one of the highest rates … Continue reading

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The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

“When in 1971 Daniel Ellsberg leaked a secret Pentagon history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam to the press, the shockwaves it set off may have been due nearly as much to the leaker as to the information leaked. While Americans … Continue reading

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The Laos Crisis, 1960–1963

“The first foreign policy crisis faced by President-elect John F. Kennedy was not centered in Berlin, nor in Cuba, nor in the islands off the Chinese mainland, nor in Vietnam, nor in any of the better-known hot spots of the … Continue reading

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Social Security Amendments of 1965

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the bill creating Medicare and Medicaid in 1965, with former President Harry S. Truman, who had tried to establish national health insurance, seated at right. “The Social Security Amendments of 1965, Pub.L. 89–97, 79 Stat. 286, enacted … Continue reading

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Was It Legal for the U.S. to Bomb Cambodia?

South Vietnamese marines rushed to the American Army helicopter after a sweep east of the Cambodian town of Prey-Veng during the Vietnam War. “Is it acceptable to engage an enemy on the territory of a third country? It’s a question … Continue reading

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Did America Commit War Crimes in Vietnam?

Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, center, participating in a tribunal that determined the United States had violated human rights and international law in Vietnam. “On Dec. 1, 1967, the last day of the International War Crimes Tribunal’s second session, … Continue reading

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The Four Stages of the Antiwar Movement

Antiwar demonstrators in Washington in October, 1967. “The Vietnam antiwar movement, famous for its sound and fury, deserves credit for more. We were the first mass movement against a war in American history and one of its great moral crusades, … Continue reading

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