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“I Don’t Want to Be a Warmonger”


Photo credit: Yoichi Okamoto

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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. 


July 7, 1965
Oval Office

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