After joining the faculty of MIT, Luria became increasingly involved in American politics. Much of his involvement consisted
of writing letters to newspaper editors and contributing to "open letter" advertisements. In this draft of an open
letter that appeared in the "New York Times" on 16 February 1965, Luria and hundreds of other scientists urged President
Johnson to "take the initiative" in Vietnam to prevent an escalating war that had the potential to involve other countries,
such as China. The letter appeared during a critical period of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, approximately six months after
the passage of the "Gulf of Tonkin Resolution" that granted the president broader leeway in responding to military
activities and threats by North Vietnam.
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1965-02-11 (February 11, 1965)
[Luria, Salvador E.]
Original Repository: American Philosophical Society. Library. Salvador Luria Papers
Reproduced with permission of Daniel D. Luria.
Reproduced with permission of the American Philosophical Society.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Politics, Science, and Social Responsibility
Letter from Salvador E. Luria to the editor of The New York Times (July 20, 1965)