Interview with George C. Herring, September 29, 2017

Project: University of Kentucky Oral History Project

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Former University of Kentucky history professor George C. Herring discusses his academic career and publications with interviewer Terry L. Birdwhistell. Herring discusses his educational background prior to receiving his PhD from the University of Virginia, where he became interested in the diplomatic history surrounding the Cold War and World War II. He then recalls how he came into his position at the University of Kentucky and his experiences with being a professor. Herring talks about his interest in the Vietnam War, including the two books he wrote on the subject, "America's Longest War" and "LBJ and Vietnam." He describes his involvement in the University of Kentucky oral history project which interviewed Vietnam veterans from around Kentucky during the 1980s. Herring talks about the memory of the Vietnam War in popular culture and how it shaped his other publications. He recalls his work as the history department chair at UK and the professors he hired during his tenure. Herring reflects on other aspects of his academic career and accomplishments. He then discusses his feelings on the writing process and the use of technology within the process.

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2017oh581_af922

Interviewee Name

George C. Herring

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Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

2017-09-29

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Herring, George C. Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 29 Sep. 2017. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Herring, G.C. (2017, September 29). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. University of Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Herring, George C., interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. September 29, 2017, University of Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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