To fully comprehend the Vietnam War, it is essential to understand the central role that southerners played in the nation's commitment to the war, in the conflict's duration, and in the fighting itself. President Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas and Secretary of State Dean Rusk of Georgia oversaw the dramatic escalation of U.S. military involvement from 1965 through 1968. General William Westmoreland, born and raised in South Carolina, commanded U.S. forces during most of the Johnson presidency. Widel
Joseph A. Fry is Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His most recent books include Dixie Looks Abroad: The South and U.S. Foreign Relations, 1789--1973 and Debating Vietnam: Fulbright, Stennis, and Their Senate Hearings.