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France’s Place in Vietnam’s Future, 1953

In the wake of World War Two, which for many was a war that aimed to save democracy, the continuance of imperialism felt misplaced. This inability to reconcile fighting for freedom with continued colonial rule comes across in this 1953 letter from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to French Ambassador Clarence Dillon. The President believed that as part of strengthening the free world, France had to voice its support for self-rule of Indo-China. Such an admission, Eisenhower believed, “would win millions of friends for France, not only in Indo-China but throughout the world.”

Letter from President Eisenhower to Clarence Dillon

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