“Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Speech before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations,” a machine-readable edition
Kerry, John Forbes (1943– )

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Kerry, John F. “Statement of John Kerry, Vietnam Veterans Against the War.” New York: Encyclopedia Americana/CBS News Audio Resource Library, 1971. Audio Tape. [=A]
Kerry, John F. 1971. “Statement of John Kerry, Vietnam Veterans Against the War.” In Legislative Proposals Relating to the War in Southeast Asia. United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, 92d Congress, lst sess., April 22, 1971. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. 180-185. [=B]

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1 I would like to talk, representing all those veterans, and say that B: blank tape A
4 Thomas Paine B: Thomas Paine’s A
6 result is of the feelings B: result is of of the feelings A
9 Veterans’ Administration B: Veterans’ Administration’s A
11 not going to try B: not gonna try A
14 money B: monies A
17 North Vietnamese because B: North Vietnamese because because A
24 learned B: learnt A
25 going to B: gonna A
29 indignations B: indignancies A
29 lain down B: lied, lain down A
36 in the B: in the, in the, in the A
36 more guilty than B: more guilty of than A
38 We are also here to ask, and we are here to ask B: We’re also here to ask, we’re here to ask and we’re here to ask A
41 more, and so when, B: more, and more, and so when, A

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library of Congress Classification

22 April 1971
U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Washington, D.C.


Vietnam War
Vietnam War–1961-1975–United States–Public Opinion



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Gaines, Robert N.

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