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Part 2 of The John F. Kennedy Presidential Oral History Collection contains interviews with such diverse personalities as congressmen and senators, Supreme Court justices, political functionaries, labor leaders, civil rights leaders, foreign dignitaries, and family friends. These interviews provide the researcher with various perspectives of the Kennedy era, both public and private. Within Part II, the researcher interested in analyses and assessments of the legislative process and judiciary system during the Kennedy administration will find oral histories from: J. William Fulbright, senator from Arkansas and chairmar� of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; John McCormack, representative from Massachusetts, Speaker of the House; Mike Mansfield, senator from Montana and Senate majority leader; Albert Gore, senator from Tennessee; and Emanuel Celler, representative from New York. An analysis and evaluation of the judiciary and the judiciary's response to the growing social movements and interpretations of law can be gleaned from the oral histories of Justice Felix Frankfurter, Judge Thurgood Marshall, and Justice William O. Douglas. Part II also contains oral histories from various state officials and party functionaries. The views of these interviewees present a firsthand account of the growth of the political career of John F. Kennedy, as well as extensive coverage of the 1960 presidential campaign. The interviewees also address various social issues and programs such as civil rights, urban renewal and rural development, and states rights vs. federal rights. The interviewees include: John Amos from West Virginia, member of the Democratic National Committee; Ross Barnett, governor of Mississippi; Abraham Beame, mayor of New York; Michael DiSalle, governor of Ohio; Jackson J. Holtz, vice chairman, John F. Kennedy's 1952 senatec ampaign;andJ. Leonard Reinsch, executive director, Democratic National Convention in 1960 and 1964.

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