Interview SummaryAlben W. Barkley provides details about a trip that he took to Europe during World War One with other members of Congress. He describes meeting Admiral Hugh Rodman, and King Albert of Belgium. Barkley recalls getting close to the front lines where he experienced artillery shells landing close by, and he describes the devastation that he witnessed in Europe. He tells amusing stories that he heard about American soldiers. Barkley also remembers meeting King Victor Emmanuel and General Diaz of Italy.
Barkley describes his early knowledge of Adolph Hitler. He discusses a meeting with King George of Great Britain, and he recalls Herbert Hoover's presidency. He talks about his campaign for governor of Kentucky in 1923 when gambling was one of the important election issues. He also describes learning about race relations as a young man and sings a song he heard while working in the fields with African American men.
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Barkley, Alben W. Interview by Sidney Shalett. 24 Jul. 1953. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Barkley, A.W. (1953, July 24). 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 24, 1953, Alben W. Barkley Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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