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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.

"The British archival material included here is extraordinarily revealing and provides a very useful complement to material from the American sources."
Professor Marc Trachtenberg,
Department of Political Science, UCLA



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