Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project – Politics and Government
Series Number: OH190 (Series 2 – World War II Speeches)
Interviewee: Barkley, Alben William
Date interviewed: December 8, 1941, August 4, 1944, August 1948, and December 7, 1951
Processed by: Processed by Benjamin J. Drake in October and November of 2012.
Date processed: November 13, 2012
Description: 7 sound discs (4 hours 49 minutes)
Abstract: Series consists of speeches made by Alben William Barkley at various speaking engagements from 1941 to 1951 on the topic of the Second World War. The series includes four speeches: the first following the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, one given at the August 1944 commencement exercises at Bryant College (now Bryant University), Rhode Island on the aftermath of World War II, the second on the Marshall Plan delivered in August of 1948 at Paducah, Kentucky and the third at the tenth anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor at the Punchbowl Cemetery in Oahu, Hawaii.
Biographical / Historical note: Alben William Barkley was a United States Representative, Senator and Vice President. He was born near Lowes, Graves County, Kentucky on November 24, 1877. He attended public schools and graduated from Marvin College in Clinton, Kentucky. He later attended Emory College and the University of Virginia where he received a degree in law. He began the practice of law in Paducah in 1901. He was elected county prosecutor for McCracken County in 1905 and judge of the county court in 1909. In 1913, he won a seat in the United States House of Representatives and was reelected six successive times. Barkley was elected to the United States Senate in 1926 and held that office until he was elected Vice President under Harry S. Truman in 1948. After a single term as Vice President he returned to the Senate where he served until his death on April 30, 1956.
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Subject Headings / Descriptors:
Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956.
Vice-Presidents – United States.
Politicians – Kentucky.
Legislators – United States.
Kentucky – Politics and government.
United States – Politics and government.
World War, 1939-1945 – Personal narratives, American.