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‘Random Murder, Rape, and Pillage’: A US Soldier Describes 1968 in Vietnam

“Richard Brummett was born into a family of true believers—in Jesus, in war, and in a particular idea of America. He spent his youth at odds with, and trying to live up to, his father, a combat veteran of World … Continue reading

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The Siege of Chicago at 50: Todd Gitlin Remembers

Demonstrators greet military police with jeers outside the Democratic National Convention headquarters, August 29, 1968. “A key figure in and historian of the New Left, Todd Gitlin was president of Students for a Democratic Society in 1964–65 and helped organize … Continue reading

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The Second Emancipation

March on Washington, DC, 1963. “I want to reacquaint people with King. We tend to misremember him as primarily a civil rights activist when his agenda for change went beyond civil and voting rights to changing the structures of racism, … Continue reading

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Everybody Is Crying About Vietnam – Vietnam War Blues

“On today’s program we spotlight blues and gospel songs dealing with the Vietnam war. All of the research for this show comes from two Guido Van Rijn books: President Johnson’s Blues and The Nixon and Ford Blues with some of the songs … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of Hubert Humphrey

President Lyndon B. Johnson, left, and Vice President Hubert Humphrey in 1968. Humphrey’s advice that the United States should pull back on the Vietnam War nettled Johnson. “On Feb. 17, 1965, Vice President Hubert Humphrey sent President Lyndon B. Johnson … Continue reading

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The Vietnam War Is Over. The Bombs Remain.

Bombs, Agent Orange and the Lethal Legacy of Bombs in Quang Tri “Shading my eyes from the bright sun, I stared into the bomb crater amid the verdant rice paddies. While it had been nearly 50 years since the last … Continue reading

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How LBJ Saved the Civil Rights Act

“On the winter of 1963, as the Civil Rights Act worked its way through Congress, Justice William Brennan decided to play for time. The Supreme Court had recently heard arguments in the appeal of 12 African American protesters arrested at … Continue reading

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