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Interview with Eugene McCarthy

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Contributor

McCarthy, Eugene J., 1916-2005 ; McKiernan, Stephen

Description

Eugene McCarthy (1916 - 2005), a native of Watkins, Minnesota was a politician, poet, academic, presidential candidate and critic of the Vietnam War. McCarthy served in the United States House of Representatives from 1949 to 1959 and the United States Senate from 1959 to 1971. After leaving the Senate, McCarthy spent his time to speaking engagements and writing, publishing more than 20 books.
Eugene McCarthy (1916 - 2005), a native of Watkins, Minnesota was a politician, academic, author, and poet. He spent twenty-two years in the halls of the United States Congress representing the state of Minnesota; ten years in the House of Representatives and twelve years in the United States Senate (1948-1970).  He received a graduate degree from the University of Minnesota and became a professor of Economics before serving in World War II. The nation and the world got to know Senator McCarthy during the 1960s as the war in Vietnam escalated for he was a major opponent against President Johnson's handling of the war.  He was the first Democrat to challenge President Lyndon Johnson in the 1968 primaries. The happenings in Vietnam, TET, played a major role in these stunning developments since McCarthy was running on an anti-war platform. Senator McCarthy could not overtake Hubert Humphrey, President Johnson's choice as the Democratic nominee for president.  In later years, he ran for president a few more times but did not receive the widespread support he had in 1968 as the first courageous Democrat to challenge a sitting president of his own party. Eugene McCarthy was a very gifted writer and poet throughout his life, publishing more than 20 books. Senator McCarthy passed away in 2005 and was honored at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC where President Clinton gave the eulogy.

Date

1996

Rights

In copyright

Date Modified

2017-03-14

Is Part Of

McKiernan Interviews

Extent

89:31

Date of Interview

1996

Interviewer

Stephen McKiernan

Interviewee

Eugene J. McCarthy, 1916-2005

Biographical Text

Eugene McCarthy (1916 - 2005), a native of Watkins, Minnesota was a politician, academic, author, and poet. He spent twenty-two years in the halls of the United States Congress representing the state of Minnesota; ten years in the House of Representatives and twelve years in the United States Senate (1948-1970).  He received a graduate degree from the University of Minnesota and became a professor of Economics before serving in World War II. The nation and the world got to know Senator McCarthy during the 1960s as the war in Vietnam escalated for he was a major opponent against President Johnson's handling of the war.  He was the first Democrat to challenge President Lyndon Johnson in the 1968 primaries. The happenings in Vietnam, TET, played a major role in these stunning developments since McCarthy was running on an anti-war platform. Senator McCarthy could not overtake Hubert Humphrey, President Johnson's choice as the Democratic nominee for president.  In later years, he ran for president a few more times but did not receive the widespread support he had in 1968 as the first courageous Democrat to challenge a sitting president of his own party. Eugene McCarthy was a very gifted writer and poet throughout his life, publishing more than 20 books. Senator McCarthy passed away in 2005 and was honored at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC where President Clinton gave the eulogy.

Duration

89:31

Language

English

Digital Publisher

Binghamton University Libraries

Digital Format

audio/mp4

Original Format

1 Microcassette

Material Type

Sound

Interview Format

Audio

Subject LCSH

Legislators—United States; Poets, American; Authors; Presidential candidates—United States; McCarthy, Eugene J., 1916-2005--Interviews

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Keywords

Baby boom generation; College students; Activism; Generation gap; Technology; Scott Fitzgerald; Vietnam War; Civil War; Hubert Humphrey, Thurgood Marshall; Abbie Hoffman; Jerry Rubin; Ralph Nader.

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Stephen McKiernan's collection of interviews includes more than two hundred interviews with prominent figures of the 1960s, which were collected between the mid-1990s and 2010s. The collection provides narratives of people who were actively involved in or witnessed events in the 1960s, an era which spurred profound cultural and… More

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“Interview with Eugene McCarthy,” Digital Collections, accessed July 25, 2024, https://omeka.binghamton.edu/omeka/items/show/916.