Mike Mansfield discusses some of his relationships with different senators throughout his career, including George Aiken, Lee Metcalf, Hubert Humphrey, Everett Dirksen, Richard Russell, Henry Jackson, and Hugh Scott. He talks about Dirksen and Humphrey’s influence, which was critical to the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Mansfield briefly describes Gerald Ford’s presidency, Mansfield’s relationship with him, and the Mayaguez Incident which occurred between the Communist Vietnamese and the Communist Cambodian groups. Mansfield recalls Senator Joseph McCarthy and Harvey’s Matusow’s smear campaign against him that led to his toughest political campaign. He reflects on his wife, Maureen Hayes Mansfield, and her influence on his careers. He recalls discussing everything with her, how she was the only woman in his life, and why he insisted on placing her name in titles to give her the much-deserved credit for her contribution to his success.
Dirksen, Everett McKinley; Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978; Mansfield, Maureen Hayes, 1905-2000; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Interviews; Matusow, Harvey, 1926-2002; McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957; Oberdorfer, Don. Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great Statesman and Diplomat; United States. Congress. Senate; United States. Civil Rights Act of 1964; Atni-communist movements—United States; Civil rights—United States; Ex-legislators—United States—Interviews; Internal security—United States Senators, United States Congress—Montana; United States—Politics and government—20th century
Montana; China; Japan; Vietnam
Don Oberdorfer Interviews with Mike Mansfield Oral History Project, OH 391, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (18 p.: 28 cm.)
Mansfield, Mike, "Mike Mansfield Interview, November 10, 2000" (2000). Don Oberdorfer's Interviews with Mike Mansfield Oral History Project. 20.