Interview with John Sherman Cooper, June 19, 1982

Project: John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project

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Cooper begins the interview by discussing foreign policy and aid from 1959 to 1961. Cooper worked with various coalitions of senators, including John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. Cooper offers his opinion on foreign aid in the 1980s, as well as the political situation in Latin America during that time. Cooper recounts campaigns and elections concerning Goldwater and Nixon in 1964. Cooper shares his experience of being a delegate at the 1964 Republican National Convention. Cooper recalls his diplomatic trip to the USSR in 1960. Russian government officials saw no difference between Kennedy and Nixon as prospective presidents. Additionally, Cooper details the Berlin crisis of 1961 and the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Cooper also talks of the Berlin Wall and a bill that he created in 1961, which enacted stipulations that billboards on federal highways had to be a certain distance away from the road itself. Cooper discusses why he did not want to be Chairman of the Republican National Policy Committee. The interviewee also reflects upon Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's visit to the U.S. The impact of the Area Development Act in Southern Kentucky is assessed. To conclude the interview, Cooper explains the value of NASA outside of space exploration.

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1982oh115_coop046

Interviewee Name

John Sherman Cooper

Interviewer Name

William Cooper

Interview Date

1982-06-19

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Cooper, John Sherman Interview by William Cooper. 19 Jun. 1982. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Cooper, J.S. (1982, June 19). 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 19, 1982, John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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