Essay: COMMENCEMENT 1965: The Generational Conflict

COLLEGE seniors across the U.S. were uncharacteristically silent. The vast captive audience was once again listening (more or less) to the captive but willing speakers. "We're not responsible in the executive branch for anything at home or abroad just now," said Vice President Hubert Humphrey. "Now is the time we all go to commencements." Humphrey, who spoke at six, was considerably busier than President Johnson, who spoke at four, notably about peace. At George Washington University, Secretary of State Dean Rusk defended the Administration's policy in Viet Nam. At West Point, General Earle...

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