Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The American South and the Vietnam WarBelligerence, Protest, and Agony in Dixie$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Joseph A. Fry

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813161044

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813161044.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM KENTUCKY SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.kentucky.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The University Press of Kentucky, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in KSO for personal use.date: 17 October 2019

Southerners and the Decisions to Withdraw from Vietnam, 1968–1970

Southerners and the Decisions to Withdraw from Vietnam, 1968–1970

Chapter:
(p.239) 6 Southerners and the Decisions to Withdraw from Vietnam, 1968–1970
Source:
The American South and the Vietnam War
Author(s):

Joseph A. Fry

Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813161044.003.0006

Following the Vietnamese communist Tet Offensive of early 1968, Presidents Johnson and Nixon reluctantly made the decisions that would ultimately lead to US withdrawal from Vietnam. As these decisions were made and implemented, majority southern opinion and key southern legislators remained supportive of the war. This regional position was particularly important to Nixon when Democrats from other sections abandoned the deference they had shown Johnson. The southern public and media and the voting records of Dixie’s congressional representatives demonstrated this dogged prowar perspective. Majority southern opinion was also evident in the South’s response to the My Lai Massacre and support for Lieutenant Calley, in the hostility toward GI coffeehouses, and in Senators Gore’s and Ralph Yarborough’s failure to win reelection. But the war’s ever-mounting agony was affecting the South. Senator John Sherman Cooper emerged as a prominent proponent of legislating an end to the war, and even former hawks such as Herman Talmadge began to waver following Nixon’s invasion of Cambodia in 1970.

Keywords:   Tet Offensive, Senate Foreign Relations Committee (Gulf of Tonkin) Hearings, congressional-executive relations, Richard M. Nixon, Vietnamization, mad-man theory, George Wallace, John Stennis, My Lai Massacre, William Calley, Hugh Thompson, F. Edward Hebert, Cambodia, John Sherman Cooper, Cooper-Church Amendment, GI coffeehouses

Kentucky Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .