Interview with John Sherman Cooper, June 20, 1980

Project: John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Cooper discusses his close relationship with JFK. They worked together in the Senate on the Labor Committee and on foreign aid policies. After President Kennedy's assassination, JSC was asked to be on the Warren Commission by President Johnson. JSC still stood by the findings of the commission, that Oswald was the sole assassin and that there was no conspiracy. Cooper explains his reservations and regrets regarding the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. On the Foreign Relations Committee, Cooper remembers talking to many scientists about developing anti-ballistic missile system. He along with other senators, Nixon and Kissinger finally determined that the consensus was that this plan sounded good but would not work. JSC concludes the interview by explaining his positions on Civil Rights.

Interview Accession

1980oh125_coop026

Interviewee Name

John Sherman Cooper

Interviewer Name

William Cooper

Interview Date

1980-06-20

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Cooper, John Sherman Interview by William Cooper. 20 Jun. 1980. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Cooper, J.S. (1980, June 20). 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. June 20, 1980, John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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