Mike Mansfield Interview, October 20, 1999


Mike Mansfield


Don Oberdorfer



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Mike Mansfield talks about his opposition to various Vietnam War tactics and decisions made during President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration. He briefly addresses the way other authors have inaccurately portrayed some of his interactions with President Johnson. Mansfield explains why he talked about the war differently in public as opposed to private and notes that he wanted to show that he was against the war although he wasn’t against the President. He describes his stance against U.S. intervention in the Laotian situation during President John F. Kennedy’s administration. Mansfield also recalls being a part of a board at Fort Missoula that discussed whether or not Japanese or Italian migrants should be interned there.


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Document Type

Oral History


Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973; Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Interviews; Oberdorfer, Don. Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great Statesman and Diplomat; Ex-legislators—United States—interviews; Presidents—United States; Senators, United States Congress—Montana; Vietnam War, 1961-1975; Vietnam War, 1961-1975—Laos

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 391-011

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (26 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

72 minutes

Local Filename

OH_391_011.mp3; OH_391_011.pdf

Mike Mansfield Interview, October 20, 1999