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Let's Declare Victory and Get Out!: Vermont Senator George D. Aiken and the Vietnam War

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The war in Vietnam, which lasted at least 25 years, had a huge impact on the psyche of the nation and has informed approaches to foreign policy ever since. This fall, Vermont PBS will be airing a 10-part series produced by Ken Burns on the Vietnam war and its on-going repercussions. Vermont’s Senator George Aiken was a member of the Senate Foreign Relations committee during 21 of these critical years and is famous for saying: “'Let's Declare Victory and Get Out!.” But did he say that? What was Senator Aiken’s role in ending or prolonging the war? What does our longest war (yes longer than Afghanistan) say about events today?

Join us for a talk by and discussion with Mark Stoler, a long-time history professor at UVM who has written about and studied George Aiken.

Waterman is fully accessible. Refreshments provided.

Sponsored by the Vermont Historical Society and the Center for Research on Vermont with support from Arthur & Cindy Miller, ’75.

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