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Rusk GG, Interview with Dean Rusk, circa 1985

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia
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00:00:03 - Reactions to Peggy Rusk and Guy Smith's marriage

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Partial Transcript: The international echoes from Peggy's [Margaret Elizabeth Rusk [Mrs. Guy Smith]] marriage were quite extensive.

Segment Synopsis: Rusk talks about Peggy Rusk's marriage to Guy Smith. He talks about the international support they got. Rusk also mentions how he wanted to keep details of the wedding a secret in order to avoid Vietnam protesters from showing up to the wedding.

Keywords: Guy Smith; Peggy Rusk; President Johnson; Senator Russell; Stanford University; Time magazine; Vietnam; marriage; protesters; support; wedding

00:05:26 - Indonesian independence

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Partial Transcript: Cohen described you as the principal influence in the Graham mission that led to Indonesian independence, the "only anti-colonialist venture of the early post-war years."

Segment Synopsis: Rusk talks about the US' support for the Independence of Indonesia from the Netherlands. Rusk later talks about the possibility of racial prejudice with the US' involvement in Asian politics.

Keywords: Burma; George Marshall; Graham mission; India; Indonesia; Malaya; Warren Cohen; racial attitude

00:12:37 - Racism

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Partial Transcript: Pop, either as a private citizen or a public official, have you ever been called a racist or accused of discriminatory attitudes or practices?

Segment Synopsis: Rusk talks about one instance when he was falsely called a racist. He also talks about how he refused to sign residential sale agreements that would prevent the future sale of these homes to blacks. Rusk later talks about his life in Scarsdale, New York.

Keywords: American University; Gene McCarthy; Jew; Scotty Reston; racism; racist; yellow peril

00:21:04 - Involvement with protest groups

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Partial Transcript: Did you ever get involved with Dave in his Urban League work in Washington while you were Secretary?

Segment Synopsis: Rusk talks about his run-ins with various protest groups and how he interacted with these groups.

Keywords: David Rusk; Poor People's March; Ralph Abernathy; William Ramsey Clark

00:24:06 - South and race realtions

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Partial Transcript: I've got one final question and that is: The South has historically, and still even today, has come under criticism from other sections of the country, particularly up Worth, for being backward in their racial views and being an intolerant section of the country.

Segment Synopsis: Rusk talks about the nature of race relations in the different regions in the United States.

Keywords: Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Watts; race relations; the North; the South