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Rusk DDDDDD, Dean Rusk interviewed by Richard Rusk, 1986 January

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia
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00:00:07 - Themes of Dean Rusk's letters to his family in the 1930's

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Partial Transcript: This is an interview with Dean Rusk.

Segment Synopsis: Dean Rusk talks about the themes of his letters to his family while he was in Europe. He explains that these themes are religion and an analysis of the capitalist system.

Keywords: Great Depression; Henry Ford; Karl Marx; Oxford University; Wall Street Crash of 1929; communism

00:07:52 - Critique of communism and capitalism

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Partial Transcript: Why didn't you like it?

Segment Synopsis: Dean Rusk shares his views on communism and capitalism during the 1930s. He talks about the structure and problems within each system.

Keywords: Franklin Delano Roosevelt; John Kenneth Galbraith; Karl Marx; New Deal; Soviet Union; Vladimir Lenin; profit motive; social responsibility; socialism

00:13:36 - Personal experiences with the Great Depression / Experiences with radicalism

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Partial Transcript: Did the Great Depression touch your family?

Segment Synopsis: Dean Rusk talks about the impact of the Great Depression on himself at Oxford University and on his family in the U.S. Later, he discusses the effects of his radical thoughts on his time at Oxford and on his relationship with his parents.

Keywords: Labour Party; Mills College; Rhodes Scholarship; capitalism; socialism

00:22:04 - Psycho-historian John Henry

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Partial Transcript: Any other general comments about the letters, Pop?

Segment Synopsis: Dean Rusk shares his views on the work of Henry, who wrote about Rusk's relationship with the president and his father. Rusk also talks briefly about his family.

Keywords: Davidson College; Sigmund Freud; psycho-history

00:27:48 - Possible career paths

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Partial Transcript: In your letters, Pop, you write about the possibility of coming back to Georgia and getting involved with some truck farming with your dad...

Segment Synopsis: Dean Rusk talks about the different careers he considered during his time at Oxford University, including farming, academia, and government work.

Keywords: Atlanta agriculture; Mills College; State Department

00:33:36 - Relationship between the New Testament and politics

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Partial Transcript: Pop, you talked about writing a paper at Oxford on the politics of Christ.

Segment Synopsis: Dean Rusk talks about his desire to write a paper drawing contemporary political values from the life of Jesus Christ. He discusses why he decided against pursuing this topic.

Keywords: Bible; Christianity; Davidson College; Oxford University; Presbyterian Church

00:39:36 - Personal religious beliefs

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Partial Transcript: Pop, I'll ask a tough question.

Segment Synopsis: Dean Rusk talks about his personal religious beliefs, including his views on the Bible, death, and the relationship between politics and religion.

Keywords: Catholicism; Presidential Prayer Breakfast; Protestantism; biblical inerrancy