GALLERY VIII - THE LONG ROAD TO PEACE
1968, direct US combat involvement in Vietnam had gone on for three
years, and many in Congress were wearying of the apparent lack of
progress in the war. Added to this was the widespread unrest in the
nation at large, prompting the Johnson Administration to seek a road
to peace with the North Vietnamese.
gallery focuses on the period from 1968 to 1973 when negotiations were
in progress to end the Vietnam War. The central exhibit will be a recreation
of the negotiating table, with a complete and detailed explanation of
the shape, seating arrangement, and the amount of time it took to arrive
at just this minor agreement.
contrast, there will be exhibits showing the continued combat operations
at the same time the United States was beginning to disengage from the
war. The start-and-stop progress to the peace talks, bombing halts and
renewals, and the effects on American politics will be explored.