Mike Mansfield Interview, June 1, 2001


Mike Mansfield


Don Oberdorfer



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Mike Mansfield and Don Oberdorfer talk briefly about the life of Kazuo Kawai, a Japanese-American newspaper editor, professor and author. Mansfield describes General Douglas MacArthur and his leadership during the American occupation of Japan. Mansfield offers his opinion of the potential remilitarization of Japan. He recalls meeting with Secretary of State George Marshall about the U.S. policy toward China, in preparation for a speech on the subject. Mansfield describes in detail the hysteria stirred up by Senator Joseph McCarthy during his anti-Communist investigations, and Mansfield’s surprise over Montanans’ support for McCarthy and Matusow’s smear campaign against Mansfield. He also recalls his trip to Paris in 1951, when President Harry Truman sent him to the United Nations assembly. Mansfield talks about his wife, Maureen Hayes Mansfield, and how she saved his life by pushing him to obtain a university education and supporting and encouraging him during political career.


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Document Type

Oral History


MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964; Mansfield, Maureen Hayes, 1905-2000; Mansfield Mike, 1903-2001—Interviews; Marshall, Thurgood, 1908-1993; Merrill, Frank (Frank Dow), 1903-1955; Oberdorfer, Don. Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great Statesman and Diplomat; Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972; United States. Congress. Senate; Ex-legislators—United States—Interviews; Militarism—Japan; Senators, United States Congress—Montana; Japan—History—Allied occupation, 1945-1952; United States—Foreign relations—1945-1953; 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 391-021

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (15 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

61 minutes

Local Filename

OH_391_021.mp3; OH_391_021.pdf

Mike Mansfield Interview, June 1, 2001