Interview with John Marshall Berry, Jr., July 24, 2006

Project: Kentucky Legislature Oral History Project

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Berry (Senate, 1972-1980, 26th district; Democrat) talks about his family and growing up in a farming community. He discusses in great detail the evolution of tobacco farming in Kentucky in the 20th century, including the establishment of the Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association, the impact of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, the increased importation of foreign tobacco, the tobacco buyout, the impact of the health lobby, and efforts to help tobacco farmers diversify their crops and interests. Berry reflects on how growing up on a farm affected his work ethic, the changes rural communities have undergone in the last century, his parents' influence on his education, his decision to practice law, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Gulf War, the war in Iraq, and the expansion of the power of the executive branch. Berry recounts one of his most memorable court cases in which he defended a black member of his community in the early 1960s against a dentist who refused to treat his client. The interview concludes with Berry recounting how he became interested in politics, and highlighting his first campaign for office. Part 2 of 3.

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2006oh145_leg135

Interviewee Name

John Marshall Berry, Jr.

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Roy Salmons

Interview Date

2006-07-24

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Berry, John Marshall, Jr. Interview by Roy Salmons. 24 Jul. 2006. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Berry, J.M., Jr. (2006, July 24). Interview by R. Salmons. Kentucky Legislature Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Berry, John Marshall, Jr., interview by Roy Salmons. July 24, 2006, Kentucky Legislature Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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