Dear Senator Smith : Small-Town Maine Writes to Senator Margaret Chase Smith about the Vietnam War
Dear Senator Smith presents compelling war views of ordinary people living in small centers. The only female senator of those years, Smith appeared to encourage a high level of honest, heart-felt commentary from Americans; letters sent to her concerning America's involvement in the Vietnam War reveal the contested terrain of foreign policy ideas in a turbulent era of rebellion and reaction.
- Hardback | 240 pages
- 161 x 241 x 23mm | 476g
- 28 Dec 2007
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part One - The Johnson Years, 1967-68 Chapter 3 Chapter 1. A Growing War Chapter 4 Chapter 2. A Worried Nation Chapter 5 Chapter 3. Rising Opposition Part 6 Part Two - The Nixon Years, 1969-71 Chapter 7 Chapter 4. Nothing New Under the Sun Chapter 8 Chapter 5. Cambodia Fireflash Chapter 9 Chapter 6. Winding Down Road Chapter 10 Conclusion
An interesting and very informative book about the life and times of Margaret Chase Smith during the years of Vietnam. Offers a significant element to our understanding of her relations with her constituents. -- Christian P. Potholm With the United States now embroiled in another protracted, controversial war, the letters in Dear Senator Smith seem familiar for their collective expression of the toll war takes on the home front. Eric Crouse has done well to recover a wide range of voices from small town Maine-voices of anger, confusion, and anguish-that echo loudly today. -- Michael S. Foley, College of Staten Island, CUNY, and editor of Dear Dr. Spock: Letters About the Vietnam War to America's Favorite Baby Doctor Eric Crouse has put together a fascinating volume of letters from small-town Maine to their senator regarding the Vietnam War. Arranged chronologically and thematically, the letters are illuminated by Crouse's carefully researched 'editor's notes' which set the context and explain references in the letters. These missives reflect the heartfelt and often poignant views of ordinary people trying to come to terms with a costly and unpopular war. Especially in the light of our involvement in yet another costly and unpopular war, these letters speak not only to their own time but to ours. -- Janann Sherman, University of Memphis and author of No Place for a Woman: A Life of Senator Margaret Chase Smith
About Eric R. Crouse
Eric R. Crouse is associate professor of history at Tyndale University College, Toronto.