Interview with John Sherman Cooper, January 22, 1980

Project: John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project

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As a follow-up to the preceding interview, John Sherman Cooper recounts two issues from his first term in the Senate that are a source of personal pride: establishment of the War Claims Commission that provided partial compensation to displaced Japanese-Americans after World War II and, as part of the same bill, provided compensation to American prisoners of war who had been treated badly. Cooper goes on to discuss campaigning for the Senate and confidence in 1948. After his first term in the Senate, Cooper was hired by a Washington law firm: Gardner, Morrison and Rogers. The interview concludes with a lengthy discussion of Cold War foreign affairs. Truman's offer to Cooper a position on Federal Trade Commission is detailed. Cooper's lack of presidential aspirations are examined. Cooper's appointment by Truman to the United Nations in 1949 is articulated. Cooper's disagreement with Soviet delegate to U.N. Andrey Vyshinsky is described, with whom Cooper debated the Palestinian question and nuclear arms destruction. The interview is concluded with Cooper's role in formation of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), as well as Cooper's working relationship with Dean Acheson, who served as Secretary of State under President Harry Truman.

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1980oh017_coop012

Interviewee Name

John Sherman Cooper

Interviewer Name

William Cooper

Interview Date

1980-01-22

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Cooper, John Sherman Interview by William Cooper. 22 Jan. 1980. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Cooper, J.S. (1980, January 22). 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. January 22, 1980, John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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