Vietnam War Bibliography:

Public Opinion

Thomas E. Allen III, "Some University Students View the Vietnam War: A Search for the Roots of Support and Opposition." Ph.D. dissertation, Political Science, Emory, 1972. 246 pp. 72-25,931. Based on surveys of students at Stetson University.

Allen H. Barton, "The Columbia Crisis: Campus, Vietnam, and the Ghetto." Public Opinion Quarterly, Vol 32 (Fall 1968), pp. 331-351.

Adam J. Berinsky, In Time of War: Understanding American Public Opinion from World War II to Iraq. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. 360 pp.

Mary Charlotte Brennan, Turning Right in the Sixties: The Conservative Capture of the GOP. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1995.

Richard A. Brody, et. al., Public Opinion and the War in Vietnam (ICPR Study 7295). Surveys takin in the first quarter of 1966. Ann Arbor: Inter-University Consortium for Political Research, 1972, reprinted 1975.

Steven Casey, When Soldiers Fall: How Americans Have Confronted Combat Losses from World War I to Afghanistan. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. x, 310 pp. Vietnam is pp. 138-200, and the "Vietnam Syndrome" is pp. 200-204.

Don Fredric Colenback, "Christian Moral Argument and United States Policy in Viet Nam." Ph.D. dissertation, Religion, Yale, 1975. 452 pp. 75-24512. Deals with both anti-war and pro-war moralists.

Philip E. Converse, et. al, American Social Attitudes Data Sourcebook, 1947-1978. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1980.

Eric R. Crouse, ed., Dear Senator Smith: Small-Town Maine Writes to Senator Margaret Chase Smith about the Vietnam War, 1967-1971. Lexington Books, 2007. 240 pp.

Hazel Erskine, "The Polls: Is War a Mistake?" Public Opinion Quarterly, Vol 34 (Spring 1970), pp. 134-150.

The Gallup Opinion Index: Political, Social and Economic Trends. A monthly publication, giving in considerable detail the results of Gallup polls on various issues.
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The Gallup Poll: Public Opinion 1935-1971, 3 vols. New York: Random House, 1972. 1972-1977 and later volumes: Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1978 and later dates. Results of Gallup polls, sometimes not broken out in as much detail by type of respondent as the version published in The Gallup Opinion Index.

Alec M. Gallup, The Gallup Poll Cumulative Index: Public Opinion, 1935-1997. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1999. xx, 596 pp.

The Gallup Poll: Public Opinion, 1935-1997: The CD-ROM Edition. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources.

The Gallup International Public Opinion Polls: Britain, 1937-1975. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources.

The Gallup International Public Opinion Polls: France, 1939, 1944-1975. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources.

J. Justin Gustainis, American Rhetoric and the Vietnam War. Westport: Praeger, 1993. xvii, 192 pp. Discusses both pro-war and anti-war rhetoric.

Christopher Gelpi, Peter D. Feaver, and Jason Reifler, Paying the human costs of war: American public opinion and casualties in military conflicts. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009. xiv, 289 pp.

The Harris Survey Yearbook of Public Opinion. New York: Louis Harris and Associates, 1970-73 (and perhaps other years?).

Rebecca E. Hlatch, A Generation Divided: The New Left, the New Right, and the 1960s. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999. 386 pp.

Carey B. Joynt, Richard D. Shewmaker, Charles C. West, et. al., Vietnam: The Christian--The Gospel--The Church. Philadelphia: Office of the General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, 1967. vii, 197 pp. Fairly sympathetic to U.S. government policy.

Frank F. Koscielski, "Divided Loyalties: American Unions and the Vietnam War." Ph.D. dissertation, History, Wayne State University, 1997. 238 pp. DA 9815322.

Frank F. Koscielski, Divided Loyalties: American Unions and the Vietnam War. Garland, 1999. 200 pp.

Jean-Michel Lacroix and Jean Cazemajou, eds., La guerre du Vietnam et l'opinion publique Américaine (1961-1973). Paris: Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, 1991. 199 pp. Includes essays on economic factors, etc., not just public opinion.

Angela M. Lahr, Millenial Dreams and Apocalyptic Nightmares: The Cold War Origins of Political Evangelicalism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. viii, 281 pp.

Eric V. Larson, Casualties and Consensus: The Historical Role of Casualties in Domestic Support for U.S. Military Operations.  Santa Monica: Rand, 1996.  MR-726-RC.  xxvii, 126 pp. Rand has placed the full text online.

Mark A. Lorell, Charles Kelley, Deborah R. Hensler, Casualties, Public Opinion, and Presidential Policy During the Vietnam War. Santa Monica: Rand, 1984. R-3060-AF. xv, 92 pp.

Stewart Meachum and Kenneth D. Wells, Vietnam: Opposing Viewpoints. Philadelphia: KYW News Radio, 1969 or 1970. 14pp. Transcript of broadcast answers to questions posed by the radio station, by Meachum (of American Friends Service Committee, opposing U.S. policy) and Wells (of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, supporting U.S. policy).

John Mecklin, "Problems of Communication in a Crisis Situation: A Case Study of the Role of Public Opinion in the Vietnam Conflict." Full text in Modern Communications and Foreign Policy, report of the Subcommittee on International Organizations and Movements, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, 1967, pp. 19-21. There is an interesting statement of the domino theory on p. 19. The whole report has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project at Texas Tech University. Mecklin's report is split between the first two sections: front matter and pp. 1-19, pp. 20-60.

Charles C. Moskos, Jr., ed., Public Opinion and the Military Establishment. Beverly Hills, California: Sage, 1971. xvi, 294 pp.

John E. Mueller, War, Presidents, and Public Opinion. New York: Wiley, 1973.

Robert W. Mullen, "An Analysis of the Issues Developed by Select Black Americans on the War in Vietnam." Ph.D. dissertation, Speech, Ohio State, 1971. 411 pp. 72-4591. Apparently a good deal of emphasis on Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thomas Powers, The War at Home: Vietnam and the American People, 1964-1968. Grossman, 1973.

Roper Center Public Opinion Archives at the University Of Connecticut.

Sandra Scanlon, The Pro-war Movement: Domestic Support for the Vietnam War and the Making of Modern American Conservatism. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2013. xiii, 424 pp.

Frederick A. Schiff, "Themes and Counter-Themes in Middle Class Political Disagreements on the War in Viet Nam." Ph.D. dissertation, UCLA, Sociology, 1970. 275 pp. 71-10,649. The abstract looks very good.

Jonathan M. Schoenwald, A Time for Choosing: The Rise of Modern American Conservatism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Eugene M. Schreiber, "American Public Opinion and the War in Vietnam, 1964-1968." Ph.D. dissertation, Sociology, Princeton, 1971. 249 pp. 72-2747. Indicates that there was no strong correlation of pro- or anti-war sentiment to any of the obvious variables. Data came mostly from the Michigan Survey Research Center.

David Earl Settje, "Has the Tiger Changed its Stripes? Lutheran Responses to the Cold War, Fears of Internal Communist Threats, and the Vietnam War, 1964-1975." Ph.D. dissertation, History, Kent State, 2001. AAT 3006163. 285 pp. The full text is available online if you are browsing the Internet from an institution, such as Clemson University, that has a subscription to ProQuest "Dissertations and Theses: Full Text."

David E. Settje, Lutherans and the Longest War: Adrift on a Sea of Doubt about the Cold and Vietnam Wars. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2008. x, 221 pp.

David E. Settje, Faith and War: How Christians Debated the Cold and Vietnam Wars. New York: NYU Press, 2011. xi, 231 pp. Deals with the period 1964-1975.

Richard Sobel, The Impact of Public Opinion on U.S. Foreign Policy Since Vietnam: Constraining the Colossus. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. xii, 276 pp. Despite the title, about a fifth of the book deals with Vietnam. But according to a review on H-Diplo, not very well.

Robert R. Tomes, Apocalypse Then: American Intellectuals and the Vietnam War, 1954-1975. New York: New York University Press, 1998. xi, 293 pp.

Gregory Dale Tomlin, "Hawks and Doves: Southern Baptist Responses to Military Intervention in Southeast Asia, 1965-1973." Ph.D. dissertation, History of Religion, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2003. 282 pp. AAT 3082517. The full text is available online if you are browsing the Internet from an institution, such as Clemson University, that has a subscription to ProQuest "Dissertations and Theses: Full Text."

C. Dale Walton, "Victory Through Villainization: Atrocity, Global Opinion, and Insurgent Strategic Advantage," Civil Wars 14:1 (March 2012), pp. 123-140. I am not impressed.

Gary R. Weaver, "The American Public and Viet Nam: An In Depth Study of the American People in Times of International Conflict." Ph.D. dissertation, Political Science, American University, 1970. 236 pp. 71-8628. The abstract gives the impression that this is historical theorizing, maybe without much use of survey data.

Jules Witcover, The Year the Dream Died: Revisiting 1968 in America. New York: Warner, 1997. 544 pp.

Elisse Yvette Wright, "Birds of a Different Feather: African American Support for the Vietnam War in the Johnson Years, 1965-1969." Ph.D. dissertation, History, Ohio State University, 2002. 314 pp. AAT 3059352. The full text is available online if you are browsing the Internet from an institution, such as Clemson University, that has a subscription to ProQuest "Dissertations and Theses: Full Text."

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