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Interview with Dean Rusk, Part 1, February 22, 1977

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia
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00:00:00 - Contact with Russell during Truman Administration

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Partial Transcript: This is February 22, 1977. I am in the office of former U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk.

Keywords: Cherokee County; Department of State; GA; Georgia; Rhodes Scholarship; Rockefeller Foundation; Secretary of State Dean Acheson; WW2; WWII; World War 2; World War II

00:05:20 - Russell as Chairman of the Truman-MacArthur hearings

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Partial Transcript: Would you like to state any comments concerning the Truman-MacArthur hearings, taking into consideration that you did not testify, you had no personal contact with Senator Russell who was the Chairman and who headed up the hearings?

Keywords: Armed Services Committee; Chicago Tribune; General Douglas MacArthur; President Harry Truman; Secretary of State Dean Acheson; WW2; WWII; World War 2; World War II

00:10:48 - Experiences with Russell as Secretary of State / Russell's behavior during the Cuban Missile Crisis

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Partial Transcript: You mentioned the fact that you really got to know Senator Russell while you were Secretary of State beginning with John F. Kennedy.

Keywords: GA Senator; Georgia Senator; Secretary of State Dean Acheson; Senate Armed Services Committee; Senator J. William Fulbright; nuclear war

00:18:50 - Relationship between U.S. presidents and Russell

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Partial Transcript: While we're talking about that and the fact that Russell did offer--I feel reasonably certain from persons I've talked to before...

Keywords: CIA budget; Chairman of the Armed Services Committee; JFK; LBJ; President John F. Kennedy; President Lyndon B. Johnson; Senator Carl Hayden

00:27:17 - Relationship between President Lyndon Johnson and Russell

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Partial Transcript: Much has been said about the differing political philosophy between the two friends, Senator Russell and President Johnson.

Keywords: Chicanos; Civil Rights; Johnson Administration; LBJ; Reconstruction; Voting Rights; WW2; WWII; Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; Warren Commission; World War 2; World War II; death of Senator Russell; funeral of Senator Russell

00:37:47 - The Warren Commission

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Partial Transcript: How do you view your political philosophy with that of Senator Russell?

Keywords: CIA assassination plots; Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee; Civil Rights; Fidel Castro; JFK assassination; Kennedy Administration; Lockheed; the Warren Commission Report

00:45:01 - Russell's potential for the presidency

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Partial Transcript: When was the last time you talked with him and what did he say?

Keywords: Civil Rights; Jimmy Carter; Kennedy Administration; U.S. Senate; Vietnam War

00:51:19 - Anecdotes about Russell

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Partial Transcript: What did you consider to be his most outstanding personality trait?

Keywords: Foreign Relations Committee; Richard Russell's funeral; State Department; U.S. Senate; death of Richard Russell

00:57:30 - Importance of the Richard B. Russell Foundation / Reflection on Russell's career

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Partial Transcript: You were just elected to the Board of Trustees of the Richard B. Russell Foundation.

Keywords: Civil Rights; GA; George Marshall; Georgia; Margaret Chase Smith