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Debate Over the War (01:52)


Between 1968 and 1975, while Dick Cavett's show airs on ABC, the Vietnam War rages in Southeast Asia. Though it was controversial, he did not mind having varying opinions about the war on his show.

Pentagon Papers (03:38)

On June 13th, 1971, debate over the war transforms as top-secret information is leaked by the press. Cavett gives a brief historical background of the Vietnam War.

Non-Communist Regime (03:49)

On March 12, 1947, Harry Truman releases the Truman Doctrine, an effort to contain Chinese and Soviet communism expansion. On November 8, 1961, John F. Kennedy expands American involvement in Vietnam.

Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (03:39)

The Vietnam agenda dominates the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson. Senator Wayne Morse votes against the resolution and warns of executive supremacy.

Increase in Military Power (03:14)

On July 28, 1965, President Johnson announces the deployment of 500,000 more troops to Vietnam. Johnson relays his concerns to Secretary of State Robert McNamara, who recommends more military power.

Mythology of Expertise (03:30)

On Cavett's show, Warren Beatty discusses how the lack of knowledge and experience is driving the war in Vietnam. He believes that all Americans are responsible for the war.

Anti-War Movement (02:49)

On Cavett's show, Jane Fonda reexamines decisions made by the executive system. The anti-war movement forces Americans to question the meaning of patriotism, generating a national divide.

Cosmic Disaster (02:09)

On February 27, 1968, Walter Cronkite broadcasts an editorial in the wake of the Tet Offensive. David Halberstam and Cavett analyze Cronkite's report.

Nixon's Secret Plan to End the War (03:44)

On March 31, 1968, President Johnson address a nation divided and reports his decision not to seek reelection. Richard Nixon is elected promising to end the war in Vietnam.

Cambodian Incursion (03:24)

Nixon implements a policy to withdraw troops, while increasing bombing rates as a scare tactic. On April 30, 1970, he announces the invasion of Cambodia. Cavett interviews Billy Graham, who shows support for Nixon.

Debate on the Vietnam War (03:55)

On Cavett's show, Herb Klein attempts to explain the president's decision of to invade Cambodia. John Kerry argues against the Vietnam War.

Game of Risk (02:43)

President Nixon's dilemma is finding the right path to extract from Vietnam without losing the war. On June 14, 1971, the Pentagon Papers are released, illustrating the mismanagement of the war.

Patriotism or Treason? (03:58)

On June 17, 1971, it is discovered that the author of the Pentagon Papers is Daniel Ellsberg. Cavett interviews Ellsberg and a man who see Ellsberg as a traitor, Barry Goldwater.

Soldiers React (04:33)

On Cavett's show, Groucho Marx explains his disapproval of the administration. Cavett address the mixed welcome experienced by soldiers returning home from war.

Henry Kissinger's Interview (03:56)

In 1982, General Wesley K. Clark attends the opening day of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. On January 23, 1973, Nixon announces an end to the war. Cavett interviews Kissinger.

What Have We Learned? (02:39)

On Cavett's show, General Alexander Haig attributes the failure of Vietnam to bad policy making. He addresses family members who lost sons due to the war.

Credits: Dick Cavett's Vietnam (00:42)

Credits: Dick Cavett's Vietnam

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The Vietnam War was the first "television war." Night after night, the evening news broadcast the conflict into living rooms across America. As the country watched coverage of the fighting, Dick Cavett's late night talk show featured thoughtful conversations and debate about the war from all sides of the political spectrum, and revealed the public's growing unrest with Vietnam and the rise of strife at home. "Dick Cavett's Vietnam" reexamines the conflict and its impact on America through the prism of interviews conducted by the iconic host of "The Dick Cavett Show" from 1968 to 1975, when the show aired on ABC. Those interviews, combined with archival footage, network news broadcasts, and newly filmed interviews with Cavett and other experts, provide fresh insight and perspective on this controversial chapter of American history. Distributed by PBS Distribution.  

Length: 56 minutes

Item#: BVL114674

Copyright date: ©2015

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