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

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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Berry, John Marshall, Jr., 1935-   Berry, John Marshall, Jr., 1935- --Interviews   Bracken County (Ky.)   Breathitt, Edward T., 1924-   Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association   Bush, George W., (George Walker), 1946-   Carroll County (Ky.)   Community Farm Alliance   Discrimination--Law and legislation--Kentucky   Environmentalism   Gallatin County (Ky.)   Grant County (Ky.)   Henry County (Ky.)   Iraq War, 2003-2011.   Jefferson County (Ky.)   Korean War, 1950-1953   Legislators--Kentucky--Interviews   Oldham County (Ky.)   Owen County (Ky.)   Pendleton County (Ky.)   Persian Gulf War, 1991   Political campaigns--Kentucky   Tobacco farms--Kentucky   Tobacco industry   Tobacco industry--Law and legislation--Kentucky   Trimble County (Ky.)   Vietnam War, 1961-1975   War and society   Work ethic   World War, 1939-1945.  

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