Interview with John Kenneth Galbraith, June 9, 1987

Project: John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project

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John Kenneth Galbraith, a former U.S. Ambassador to India, begins the interview by discussing how he first met Cooper. Galbraith recalls the circumstances by which he became U.S. Ambassador to India. Galbraith details what Cooper was like as U.S. Ambassador to India. Galbraith describes the essence of American foreign policy in the 1950s. American policy towards Pakistan over the years is also mentioned. Galbraith discusses Lorraine Cooper and her work as an ambassador's wife. Galbraith evaluates the impact of Cooper as an ambassador upon India and East Germany, respectively. Galbraith provides his opinion on Cooper's decision to leave his position as U.S. Ambassador to India and run for the Senate in 1956. The friendship between Cooper and John F. Kennedy is explored. Additionally, Galbraith remembers becoming ambassador to India in 1961, including what advice Cooper gave to him. Galbraith considers what qualities make a good ambassador. Galbraith assesses Cooper's political contributions to the U.S. Galbraith illustrates the qualities that he most associates with Cooper. The interview then transitions to discussing the life of Ed Prichard. Galbraith begins by recalling how he first met Prichard. Galbraith highlights Prichard's outgoing and charming personality. Galbraith reflects upon Prichard's corruption scandal and the consequences for Prichard's political career. To conclude the interview, Prichard articulates his amount of contact with Prichard following the corruption scandal.

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1987oh065_coop083

Interviewee Name

John Kenneth Galbraith

Interviewer Name

William Cooper

Interview Date

1987-06-09

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Galbraith, John Kenneth Interview by William Cooper. 09 Jun. 1987. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Galbraith, J.K. (1987, June 09). Interview by W. Cooper. John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Galbraith, John Kenneth, interview by William Cooper. June 09, 1987, John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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