Mike Mansfield Interview, October 10, 2000


Mike Mansfield


Don Oberdorfer



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Mike Mansfield discusses the relations between Japan, China, South Korea, and North Korea. He talks with Don Oberdorfer about Oberdorfer’s upcoming trip to China and South Korea. Mansfield describes the recent political developments between North Korea and the U.S., including the possibility that the U.S. government might lift its economic sanctions against North Korea. Mansfield talks about his wife, Maureen Hayes Mansfield’s, recent passing and how pleased he was with the obituaries in the Missoulian and the Los Angeles Times. Oberdorfer shows some photos of meetings Mansfield had with President Lyndon B. Johnson. The two discuss Johnson’s habit of using secret microphones to record conversations. Mansfield recalls voting on the Tonkin Gulf resolution and how he considers it one of his biggest political mistakes. Joseph Stanley “Stan” Kimmitt arrives during the interview, and the three discuss Maureen’s funeral and the memorial event in Montana.


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Document Type

Oral History


Kimmitt, J. Stanley—Interviews; Mansfield, Maureen Hayes, 1905-2000—Death and burial; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Interviews; Oberdorfer, Don. Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great Statesman and Diplomat; United States. Congress. Senate; Ex-legislators—United States—Interviews; Senators, United States Congress—Montana; Separation of powers—United States; Tonkin Gulf Incidents, 1964; Vietnam War, 1961-1975—United States; War, Declaration of—United States; China—Foreign relations; Japan—Foreign relations; Korea (North)—Foreign relations; 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 391-019

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (18 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

47 minutes

Local Filename

OH_391_019.mp3; OH_391_019.pdf

Mike Mansfield Interview, October 10, 2000