Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Karl Price, January 13, 1975

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Impressions of Vinson

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Partial Transcript: What were the general circumstances of meeting him and what your first impressions were of him?

Segment Synopsis: In this first segment, Price tells of how he met Vinson and what his impressions of Vinson were.

Keywords: Chief Justice; Divisions; Justice Robert H. Jackson; Justices

Subjects: United States. Supreme Court; Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953

00:08:54 - Vinson's work ethic

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Partial Transcript: Well you know the, the press charged in, uh, 1949 that Vinson was setting a bad example as a Chief Justice because he wasn't carrying his fair share of the workload.

Segment Synopsis: Price discusses some of the questions surrounding Vinson's work ethic and talks about what it was like to work under Vinson as a clerk.

Keywords: Chief Justice; Justices; Laws; Opinions; Works

Subjects: United States. Supreme Court; Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953

00:18:48 - Vinson's working career

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Partial Transcript: 'Course, Mr. Vinson held many different jobs during his career.

Segment Synopsis: Price discusses some of the careers that Vinson had over the years and how those experiences, along with his disposition, influenced the way the Court was run under his administration.

Keywords: Administrations; Courts; Jobs

Subjects: Steel industry and trade--Law and legislation--United States--Cases.; Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972; United States. Supreme Court; United States. Supreme Court--Cases; Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953

00:24:28 - Vinson's views on politics and political offices

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Partial Transcript: Uh, he ever talk to you, being a fellow Kentuckian, about Kentucky politics?

Segment Synopsis: Price gives his opinion on the views Vinson held about politics and about the role of political offices.

Keywords: Accepted; Chief Justice; Constitutions; Courts; Justices; Legislation

Subjects: Congress; Politics and government; Race relations; Segregation in education; United States. Supreme Court; Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953

00:39:04 - Cases Vinson worked on

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Partial Transcript: What type of cases was Chief Justice Vinson mostly interested in personally?

Segment Synopsis: Price talks about some of the cases that Vinson worked on that were of personal significance to him.

Keywords: Cases; Courts; Legal; Taxation; Taxes

Subjects: United Mine Workers of America; United States. Supreme Court; Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953

00:44:14 - Evaluation of Vinson's career

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Partial Transcript: Of course in 1952 there's a lot of talk about Chief Justice Vinson, uh, being the Democratic presidential nominee.

Segment Synopsis: In this final segment, Price gives his personal view on the possible accomplishments Vinson might have had if he were still alive and the actual accomplishments that Vinson did achieve while he was still alive.

Keywords: Chief Justice; Justices; Nominees; Students

Subjects: Democratic Party (Ky.); Presidents--Election; United States. Supreme Court; Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953