Interview with John Sherman Cooper, April 27, 1980

Project: John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project

Interview Summary

The interview begins with a discussion of political events and issues of the early 1950's, including Senator McCarthy. In 1954, Dulles's "massive retaliation" policy initiated a change from containment to more aggressive anti-communist measures. The hydrogen bomb was tested. JSC believes that the mood of the country would have viewed negotiation with communists as appeasement at that time. He discusses his views on TVA, relations with President Eisenhower and his 1954 campaign for election to the Senate.

1953-- Cooper's opposition to Albert Cole's appointment as Federal Housing Administrator-- Dennis Chavez controversy-- Cooper's opposition to Mexican Farm Labor Act-- Senator Joseph McCarthy and the "Red Scare"-- Senator William Fulbright opposition to McCarthy-- Philip Jessup-- McCarthy's censure by Senate-- Americans for Democratic Action (A.D.A.)-- Senator Paul Douglas-- Senator Pat McCarren-- John Foster Dulles and Cold War policy of massive retaliation 1954 French defeat in Vietnam and U.S. policy 1954 Tennessee Valley Authority and Dixon-Yates controversy-- Cooper's relationship with President Dwight Eisenhower-- Senator William Proxmire 1954 senatorial campaign against Alben W. Barkley-- Cooper and flood control in eastern Kentucky-- Sherman Adams.

Interview Accession

1980oh064_coop020

Interviewee Name

John Sherman Cooper

Interviewer Name

William Cooper

Interview Date

1980-04-27

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Cooper, John Sherman Interview by William Cooper. 27 Apr. 1980. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Cooper, J.S. (1980, April 27). 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. April 27, 1980, John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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