Mike Mansfield Interview, September 10, 1998


Mike Mansfield


Don Oberdorfer



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Mike Mansfield discusses an assignment from President Roosevelt to go to China in 1944. Mansfield describes the long trip and making stops throughout the Middle East and Western Asia. Mansfield also recalls the difficulties that Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy stirred up during the 1950s, when he included Mansfield as someone he considered a Communist sympathizer. Mansfield remembers McCarthy and his partner Harvey Matusow leading a smear campaign against him, making his campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1953 quite difficult. Mansfield then talks about his relationship with President Nixon, who asked Mansfield to meet him for lunch at least once every month to talk about the U.S. relationship with China and what could be done to improve it. Mansfield talks a bit more about his opposition to the Vietnam War and the meetings he had with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson about his views.


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Document Type

Oral History


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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 391-004

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (14 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

62 minutes

Local Filename

OH_391_004.mp3; OH_391_004.pdf

Mike Mansfield Interview, September 10, 1998