FOREIGN OFFICE FILES: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Series One: USA - Politics & Diplomacy, 1960-1974
(Public Record Office Classes FO 371 and FCO 7: American Department - United States)
Part 2: The Lyndon B Johnson Years, 1964-1968
(PRO Class FO 371/174260-174346, 179557-179622 & 184995-185056 and PRO Class FCO 7/738-884)
These British Foreign Office files provide a wealth of detail on world events during the Johnson administration. Scholars can examine:
- Domestic legislation and Lyndon B Johnson’s determination to address the problems of poverty and race relations which were threatening to overwhelm American society.
- The escalation of the Vietnam War and the ever increasing involvement of American combat troops.
- US policy on China.
- The American civil rights movement and federal attempts to end segregation.
- Documents on the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy.
- The Space Race.
- The founding of the Black Panther Party in 1966.
- Middle East policy and the Arab-Israeli War of 1967.
- Relations with the Soviet Union.
- Reactions to the ‘Prague Spring’ and subsequent Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.
- Cultural and intellectual developments.
- Files on Robert Kennedy, Senator Fulbright, Senator Goldwater,
Vice-President Humprey, Robert NcNamarra and many other key individuals.
- Racial issues and disturbances, the Civil Rights movement, the Black Power Movement and Malcolm X.
- Anti-Vietnam war demonstrations.