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Interview with Alben W. Barkley, July 25th, 1953

Part of Alben W. Barkley Oral History Project

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Title:
Interview with Alben W. Barkley, July 25th, 1953
Creator:
Alben W. Barkley; interviewee. Sidney Shalett; interviewer.
Format:
oral histories
Publication date:
1953
Date uploaded:
2013
Description:
In this interview Alben W. Barkley describes the art of old fashioned oratory. He explains that there were good orators among the Methodist circuit riders of Kentucky who came to each town only once a month and so felt that it was necessary to give an excellent sermon. Barkley also comments on the speaking abilities of William Jennings Bryan, Senator Charles William Tobey, and Senator Clyde R. Hoey. Barkley describes his own experiences and his growth as a public speaker. Barkley also discusses the role of the Senate cloakroom as a meeting place and discussion area, and he mentions Senator James Thomas Heflin. He describes life as a senator including visiting constituents and a typical day. Barkley explains that there has been a vast increase in the business of Congress since World War One, but mentions the importance of members of Congress keeping in touch with their constituents including answering letters promptly. Barkley also addresses the negative connotation of the word politician.
Language:
english
Publisher:
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
Repository:
University of Kentucky
Subject:
United States--Politics and government, Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956, Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956--Interviews
Type:
sound
Source:
Alben W. Barkley Oral History Project
Metadata record:
http://nyx.uky.edu/dips/xt7rn872wg0w/data/mets.xml
Rights:
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