Interview with Alben W. Barkley, July 18, 1953

Project: Alben W. Barkley Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

In this interview, Alben W. Barkley alternates between stories of his childhood in western Kentucky and his experiences as a politician in Washington. He tells of "crawly sugar" in Paducah. He describes Thomas Corwin, an Ohio politician, and discusses an incident with Rene Viviani, the foreign minister of France. Barkley provides some further details of his visit to Europe during World War One, and he recalls seeing the concentrations camps in Europe after World War Two.

Barkley explains that he was born with the name Willie Alben, and discusses his decision to change his name to Alben W. He remembers the first time that he used a telephone. Barkley also discusses his children and the time that he was able to spend with his family during his hectic career.

Interview Accession

2006oh003_bark004

Interviewee Name

Alben W. Barkley

Interviewer Name

Sidney Shalett

Interview Date

1953-07-18

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Barkley, Alben W. Interview by Sidney Shalett. 18 Jul. 1953. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Barkley, A.W. (1953, July 18). Interview by S. Shalett. Alben W. Barkley Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Barkley, Alben W., interview by Sidney Shalett. July 18, 1953, Alben W. Barkley Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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