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I think there is some merit in looking at 1965 as a turning point. A tipping point is one in which there is no return. When the United States passed its civil rights legislation, it showed that it could match its words with deeds. The Soviet Union, by contrast, could not offer greater freedom to match it internationalist rhetoric. In my book, _America at the Brink of Empire_, I tried to draw these points out so far as they related to the intersection of foreign and domestic politics. Even though 1965 was the year LBJ decided to "go big" in Vietnam, it was also the year LBJ passed the key civil rights legislation. On the whole, I think the civil rights legislation had a greater effect on convincing the undecided about America's intent. However that intent could only be accepted if America could, and did, demonstrate its military commitment. To put it provocatively, civil rights at home was connected to the global cold war being fought abroad, particularly in South Vietnam. Lawrence Serewicz --