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“I Don’t Want to Be a Warmonger”

 

Photo credit: Yoichi Okamoto

Conversation Details

A long telephone call between President Johnson and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in July 1965 revealed a close link between the issues of civil rights and Vietnam. Having recently delivered a speech that seemed critical of Johnson’s Vietnam policies, King phoned in to clarify his remarks. The President responded with a torrent of speech, outlining his dilemmas. 

 

Date:
July 7, 1965
Location:
Oval Office
Conversation:
WH6507-02-8311-8312-8313

Conversation Participants