All Weekend, Every Weekend. On C-SPAN3.

Origins of the Vietnam War

Fredrik Logevall

Fredrik Logevall

Kansas City, Missouri
Sunday, October 7, 2012

Fredrik Logevall talks about his book “Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam.” He details the origins of U.S. involvement in the region, U.S. influence during the French-Indochina War of the late 1940s and ‘50s, and the final steps leading to the Vietnam War.  The Kansas City Public Library hosts this event.

Updated: Monday, October 8, 2012 at 1:49pm (ET)

Related Events

Lectures in History: The Vietnam War Era
Saturday, July 2, 2011     

Major Sean Sculley of U.S. Military Academy–West Point teaches a course on American history from the late 19th century to the present. In this week’s class, he focuses on the conflicting worldviews during the Vietnam War era. Professor Sculley was recently deployed to Iraq and returned to West Point this past spring to resume his teaching duties.

Impact of the Vietnam War on the U.S. Homefront
Sunday, January 2, 2011     

The State Department Office of the Historian recently hosted a symposium on the American Experience in Southeast Asia. The following discussion focuses on the impact of the Vietnam War on the home front in the United States.

Lectures in History: North Vietnamese Strategy During the Vietnam War
Saturday, March 10, 2012     

Donald Stoker is a professor at the Naval War College in Monterey, California.

This class is about North Vietnamese strategy during the Vietnam War.

It is part of a course called, “Strategy and War,” which examines the relationship between political goals and the use of military force.

Archival Film: “The Big Picture: Why Vietnam?”
Saturday, October 29, 2011     

“The Big Picture” was a documentary series produced by the Defense Department that aired on ABC Television from 1951 through 1975. The series focused on battles and figures in U.S. military history. This film features President Lyndon B. Johnson outlining U.S. policy in Vietnam.

Defense Department Leadership and Vietnam
Saturday, May 5, 2012     

Robert McNamara served as Defense Secretary from 1961 to 1968 under President Kennedy and President Johnson. This is a discussion of his leadership during the Vietnam War.  Panelists include former Defense Secretary Harold Brown, and Edward Drea, the author of "McNamara, Clifford, and the Burdens of Vietnam, 1965 to 1969."

The Presidency: First Ladies & Fashion
Sunday     

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library hosts author Annette Dunlap as she explores the evolution of first ladies’ fashion. She chronicles the impact fashion had on the public image of the women living in the White House and what their wardrobe choices reveal about the times in which they lived.  

"The Classical Liberal Constitution"
Sunday     

This is a conversation about the new book, “The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government.” Featured are the book's author, New York University Law School professor Richard Epstein, and University of Pennsylvania Law School professor, Theodore Ruger. They debate the ideas put forth in Epstein's book about the powers of the federal government outlined in the Constitution. The National Constitution Center hosted this event and its president, Jeffrey Rosen, moderated the discussion.  

American Artifacts: JFK Assassination Records
Sunday     

A visit to National Archives in College Park, Maryland to learn about the vast collection of artifacts related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Martha Wagner Murphy, Head of the Special Access and Freedom of Information Act staff appears to discuss how records are preserved, including the so-called "magic bullet," Oswald's rifle, and the Zapruder film.

Missouri’s German-American Community During WWI
Sunday     

Author and history professor Petra DeWitt talks about the Missouri home front during World War I. German-Americans made up one of the largest immigrant groups in the state at the time and were often scrutinized merely for being German. Professor DeWitt argues that this was not just because of federal doctrines like the Espionage Act and Sedition Act, but that local authorities and individuals were harsher judges of patriotism. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this event.

Reel America: "The City" - 1939
Sunday     

This documentary was originally produced for the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair. The film argues that modern cities are unhealthy, and that planned communities such as the new Greenbelt, Maryland with clean air and safe areas for children to play are a better option. The Library of Congress selected the film for preservation as part of the National Film Registry in 1998.  

Share This Event Via Social Media
C-SPAN on Facebook (late 2012)