Mike Mansfield talks about some his relatives who are still in Montana—where they live, work, and his relation to them. Mansfield also recalls a couple times when he met with J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI Director from 1935 to 1972. Mansfield talks about his attempts to get permission for trips to China when he first became a member of Congress. He remembers meeting with President Franklin D. Roosevelt to discuss the idea. He also discusses President Nixon’s trip to China in 1972, and the correspondence with diplomats such as Chou En Lai that led to it. Mansfield gives his opinion on the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre, which he saw as unnecessary and unforgivable. Mansfield also reminisces about some of his most satisfying achievements both as a Congressman and as an ambassador.
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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 (12 p.: 28 cm.)
Mansfield, Mike, "Mike Mansfield Interview, April 9, 1999" (1999). Don Oberdorfer Interviews with Mike Mansfield Oral History Project. 5.