Interview SummaryHenry Blankenship, whose father was a friend of Cooper's in Pulaski County, begins the interview by discussing his childhood in the 1920s. Blankenship details his father's and Cooper's service together on the Pulaski County Fiscal Court during the Great Depression. Blankenship discusses the bond issue controversy that Cooper and his father were involved in. The interviewee recalls what Pulaski County was like during the Great Depression, including the WPA road building projects. Blankenship briefly talks of his experience in farm work. Blankenship considers what politics was like in Pulaski County during the 1920s and 1930s. Blankenship highlights the grand scale of moonshining in Pulaski County before and after Prohibition. Blankenship talks of Cooper's uncle, who was also a judge in Pulaski County. Cooper as a campaigner during local races in Pulaski County is described. Blankenship also characterizes Cooper's personality. Blankenship's recent endeavors in farming are recalled. To conclude the interview, Blankenship evaluates Cooper's legacy in Pulaski County.
Interview LC SubjectBlankenship, Henry, 1917- Blankenship, Henry, 1917- --Interviews Cooper, John Sherman, 1901-1991 Politicians Politicians--United States Politics and government United States--Politics and government Kentucky Kentuckians Somerset (Ky.) Pulaski County (Ky.) Fathers Mothers Depressions--1929 Horses Farmers Prohibition Personality Character Legacy
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Blankenship, Henry Interview by Harry Merritt. 09 Jul. 1994. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Blankenship, H. (1994, July 09). Interview by H. Merritt. John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Blankenship, Henry, interview by Harry Merritt. July 09, 1994, John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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