Interview SummarySwain begins the interview with a discussion about Cooper's family and background. Swain describes what Somerset was like in the 1920s and the 1930s. From his first term in the Kentucky state legislature and ever since, Cooper established an image of absolute integrity. Swain characterizes Cooper's style as developing in early campaigns (including his 1939 gubernatorial campaign) and relates several stories, either told by or about Cooper. Swain worked on various campaigns for Cooper during the 1950s and 1960s. Swain discusses how Cooper managed campaigns. Swain also details Cooper's joint campaign with Thruston Morton in 1956. The interviewee reflects upon controversial Kentucky gubernatorial races from the 1950s and 1960s. The relationship between Cooper and his constituents is assessed. Cooper's role in Kentucky politics is also mentioned. Swain describes key traits of Cooper and his family. Cooper as a political campaigner is explored. Cooper's brother and uncle, who were both involved in politics and the law are described. To conclude the interview, Swain provides a list of potential people to be interviewed for this project.
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Swain, Enos Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 11 Sep. 1979. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Swain, E. (1979, September 11). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Swain, Enos, interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. September 11, 1979, John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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