The Vietnam War
Additional resources to accompany the series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
The Vietnam War, the 10-part PBS documentary series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential and controversial events in American history.
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward and produced by Sarah Botstein, the film includes rarely seen archival footage, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations.
The Miller Center's Marc Selverstone and Ken Hughes served as consultants on the series, utilizing many of the Secret White House Tapes that can be found here.
The Kennedy commitment
What would have happened in Vietnam if President Kennedy had lived? Explore recordings that illuminate JFK's thoughts about the situation in Southeast Asia in the early 1960s.
The Diem coup
In the final month of the Kennedy presidency, a mere 21 days before he was killed, South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem was assassinated. These recordings explore US involvement in the coup.
The Johnson transition
With the death of President Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson inherited a war whose ultimate path was still uncertain. How did LBJ approach the conflict in his new role as commander-in-chief?
President Johnson's decision to bomb North Vietnam—and to use Marines to protect air bases—ushered in the use of US combat troops in Southeast Asia.
US troop levels in Vietnam increased by nearly 800 percent between 1964 and 1965. And more than half a million troops were in country by 1968.
The turning point: 1968
One of the most eventful years in American history began with the Tet offensive in Vietnam and ended with the election of Richard Nixon.
Marc Selverstone previews "The Vietnam War"
The Miller Center's Marc Selverstone joins host Doug Blackmon to take a look at the film on the Miller Center's weekly public affairs program, American Forum.