Mike Mansfield Interview, July 24, 1998


Mike Mansfield


Don Oberdorfer



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Mike Mansfield describes his relationship with President Lyndon B. Johnson, especially regarding the Vietnam War. He talks about how he constantly opposed the war and advised the president against escalating the conflict. He recalls a tense exchange with President John F. Kennedy over Mansfield's report on Vietnam. He remembers his first trip to China in 1922 and a 1954 SEATO meeting. During the meeting, Mansfield argued with John Foster Dulles, President Eisenhower’s Secretary of State, on whether to sanction U.S. military action against China.


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Document Type

Oral History


Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973; Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Interviews; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Travel—China; Oberdorfer, Don. Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great Statesman and Diplomat; Wesmoreland, William C. (William Childs), 1914-2005; United States. Congress. Senate; Southeast Asia Treaty Organization; Americans—China; Ex-legislators—United States—Interviews; Senators, United States Congress—Montana; Vietnam War, 1961-1975; China—Description and travel; United States—Politics and government—20th century

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana; China; Japan; Vietnam



Original Collection

Don Oberdorfer Interviews with Mike Mansfield Oral History Project, OH 391, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 391-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (11 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

42 minutes

Local Filename

OH_391_002.mp3; OH_391_002.pdf

Mike Mansfield Interview, July 24, 1998