Let Us Take the Initiative


Title:
Let Us Take the Initiative
Description:
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.
Extent:
2 pages
Date Created:
11 February 1965
Creator:
Luria, S. E. (Salvador Edward), 1912-1991
Source:
Original Repository. American Philosophical Society. Library. Salvador Luria Papers. 12096
Original Repository:
American Philosophical Society. Library. Salvador Luria Papers
Right Type:
Permission Granted - No Conditions
Right Statement:
Reproduced with permission of Daniel D. Luria. and Reproduced with permission of the American Philosophical Society.
Subject:
Ethics
Profiles in Science ID:
QLBBBZ
NLM ID:
101584611X21
Genre:
Articles, Petitions, and Drafts (documents)
Language:
English
Format:
Text