Interview SummaryCooper begins the interview by discussing his time spent on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the late 1960s. Cooper articulates the role of staff member William Miller as a foreign policy advisor. Cooper details his views on the urban riots of 1967 and the importance of developing a work ethic. Cooper talks of his amendment to the 1967 Senate investigation on the causes of the riots that year. Cooper's role in securing an extension to the Appalachian Development Act in 1967 is examined. Cooper also discusses issues with the organization Appalachian Volunteers in Kentucky. Additionally, Cooper illustrates his position on the Dodd censure. Cooper explains his policy of not taking political gifts. Cooper tells a humorous story of an office mix-up involving Princeton University and Princeton, Kentucky. Cooper remembers the Edward Long investigation of 1966, as well as the overall reaction in the Senate to the Dodd censure. Cooper's support of the Truth in Lending bill and HUD rent supplements for low-income families is articulated (both in 1967). Cooper discusses the Vietnam War at length including his view on the conflict, Thruston Morton's perspective on the war, the possibility of UN intervention, and anti-war demonstrations. Cooper also details the reactions of people in the 1980s to his anti-Vietnam war views. Cooper provides his opinion on President Johnson's September 1967 Vietnam War speech and Senator Fulbright's National Commitments Resolution on presidential war powers. Cooper highlights his participation and assistance in the 1967 Kentucky governor's race. To conclude the interview, Cooper gives a reflection on his level of involvement in Kentucky politics while in the Senate and the development of his political philosophy.
Interview KeywordSedition Act Alan McSurely Cooper-Church Amendment Dean Rusk Senate Foreign Relations Committee Marcus Chiles George Aiken John McClellan John Sparkman John C. Stennis Mike Mansfield William Fulbright William Miller Senators Appalachian Development Act Appalachian Volunteers Censure Edward Long Truth in Lending bill Rent supplements Thruston Morton Lyndon Johnson National Commitments Resolution 1967 Kentucky gubernatorial election Kentucky politics Senate
Interview LC SubjectCooper, John Sherman, 1901-1991 Cooper, John Sherman, 1901-1991--Interviews Politicians Politicians--United States Politics and government United States--Politics and government Washington (D.C.) International relations Riots Civil rights movement African Americans Black people Work Work ethic Kentucky Kentuckians Pressure United States. Department of Housing and Urban Development Poverty Vietnam War, 1961-1975 United Nations United Nations. Security Council Vietnam Peace Speeches
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Cooper, John Sherman Interview by William Cooper. 28 Jun. 1985. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Cooper, J.S. (1985, June 28). 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 28, 1985, John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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