Vietnam War
Documents, Speeches, Papers

"This war has already stretched the generation gap so wide
that it threatens to pull the country apart."
--Sen. Frank Church, May 1970

Declaration of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Viet-Nam
Ho Chi Minh's Speech, Ba Dinh Square, September 2, 1945

Democratic Republic of Vietnam Peace Proposal
June 26, 1971.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Press Conference, April 7, 1954
The Row of Dominoes explanation.

Eisenhower's Letter of Support to Ngo Dinh Diem
October 23, 1954.

President Ford's Speech on the Fall of Vietnam, 24 April 1975
Excerpts from the text of a speech by President Ford as prepared for delivery to the student body of Tulane University.

J. William Fulbright Testifies on China and Vietnam, 1966

Jason Study
Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara was beginning to have serious misgivings about the nature of the war in Vietnam by the spring of 1966.

Johns Hopkins Speech
President Lyndon B. Johnson offered to hold "unconditional discussions" with the North Vietnamese about ending the war.

President Lyndon B. Johnson's Address at Johns Hopkins University:
"Peace Without Conquest" April 7, 1965

President Johnson on U.S. Aims in Vietnam

President Kennedy's News Conference, February 7, 1962
Response to a question on American involvement in South Vietnam.

Letter from President Nixon
to President Nguyen Van Thieu
of the Republic of Vietnam
January 5, 1973

Released April 30, 1975.

Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961

Richard Milhous Nixon's First Inaugural Address, January 20, 1969

President Nixon's "Silent Majority" Speech

Excerpts from the Paris Accords
January 27, 1973

Peace Proposal of the Provisional Revolutionary Government
of the Republic of South Viet Nam

July 1, 1971

San Antonio Formula
President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered a speech in which he offered to cease the bombing of North Vietnam.

Shanghai Communique of 1972
Issued by President Richard Nixon during his diplomatic mission to the People's Republic of China.

Wars of National Liberation
On January 6, 1961, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushschev delivered a speech in Moscow.