Vintage politics

The Vietnam War, as seen on Newsweek magazine covers (1964-1973)
The Vietnam War, as seen on Newsweek covers (1964-1973)

Regular US combat units were deployed to Vietnam beginning in 1965, and while America’s direct military involvement ended on August 15, 1973, the last soldiers left Vietnam on March 29, 1975. Here, take a look back at how some of the military action was portrayed stateside by Newsweek magazine.

Mrs President? A woman president probably not in the cards (1956)

The question of a woman president is often batted around in election years. Former President Harry S Truman has said that a woman may well occupy the White House someday. And President Eisenhower has said that women are competent for the office — though too smart to seek it.

Who was Frederick Douglass? (1895)

Frederick Douglass, who was born a slave in Talbot county, Maryland, in 1817, was the one conspicuous anti-slavery agitator who spoke of the wrongs and cruelty of slavery from personal experience.

The Russians’ big obsession: You! (1958)

The Russians’ big obsession: You! By John Fell Stevenson [Son of Adlai Stevenson II — former Illinois governor, presidential candidate, diplomat and Ambassador to the United Nations]

Brooklyn Bridge opens (1883)

The big bridge open Two cities join in making a mammoth holiday Brooklyn in a gale of festival from dawn to midnight The president’s walk

The first Earth Day (1970)

([Original] EDITOR’S NOTE: April 22 across the nation has been designated Earth Day, the culmination of demonstrations and teach-ins protesting the deteriorating state of the

Birth of the sit-in movement, 10 years on (1970)

There’s no sign proclaiming the FW Woolworth lunch counter here as the birthplace, 10 years ago today, of the sit-in movement that brought a new way of community life to the dual service and segregated South of the 1960s.

The death of President George Washington (1799)

“It with inexpressible grief, that I have to announce to you the death of the great and good General WASHINGTON. He died last evening be∣tween 10 and 11 o’clock, after a short illness of about twenty-four hours.”

Quoted wisdom of George Washington

“Without virtue and without integrity, the finest talents and the most brilliant accomplishments can never gain the respect and conciliate the esteem of the truly valuable part of mankind.”