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Interview with John Sherman Cooper, May 19, 1981

Project: John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Cooper begins the interview by talking of his working relationship with Keen Johnson (former Kentucky governor). Cooper recalls the anti-Catholic movement in the 1960 elections. The interviewee discusses Louie B. Nunn in the role of his campaign manager. Cooper discusses a quote misattributed to him by journalist Richard Harwood. Cooper details his views on Joseph McCarthy. Additionally, tobacco is discussed as one of the main issues in his debate with Keen Johnson in campaigning for the Senate in 1960. Cooper outlines his personal and political relationship with the Kennedy family. The interview is completed with a thorough commentary on memories of foreign affairs episodes, mainly a notable trip by Cooper to Russia in 1960.

Interview Accession

1981oh060_coop042

Interviewee Name

John Sherman Cooper

Interviewer Name

William Cooper

Interview Date

1981-05-19

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Cooper, John Sherman Interview by William Cooper. 19 May. 1981. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Cooper, J.S. (1981, May 19). Interview by W. Cooper. John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Cooper, John Sherman, interview by William Cooper. May 19, 1981, John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

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