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00:00:05 - Foreign relations under John F. Kennedy

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Partial Transcript: Of course, we talked last time about the '62 Senate campaign, and I just thought--

Segment Synopsis: Wyatt discusses the presidency of John F. Kennedy, particularly in relation to foreign affairs such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, and in relation to President Kennedy's youth and style of leadership.

Keywords: Apartheid; Dean Rusk; India; John F. Kennedy; Leadership; Lyndon B. Johnson; Pakistan; Peace Corps (U.S.); Reinhold Niebuhr; Robert Kennedy; South Africa

Subjects: Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962.; Foreign relations.; Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963.; Presidents--United States.

00:14:31 - The 1963 gubernatorial campaign

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Partial Transcript: Um, moving back to the, to the state level just briefly here for, for a minute, um, of course, as we talked about last time the, uh, the admini--the Combs-Wyatt administration choice for governor was, was Ned Breathitt, uh, who was--

Segment Synopsis: Wyatt discusses the 1963 gubernatorial race, highlighting the opposition of Democratic candidates Ned Breathitt and Happy Chandler in the primary election, an opposition that revealed the dynamics between the two parties at that time. Wyatt also discusses Ed Prichard's criticism of Happy Chandler, the victory of Harry Lee Waterfield over John Breckenridge for Lieutenant Governor, and the campaign of Louie B. Nunn.

Keywords: Edward Breathitt; Edward F. Prichard; Edward T. Breathitt (Ned Breathitt); Elections; Harry Lee Waterfield; John B. Breckinridge; Louie B. Nunn; Political campaigns; Political parties

Subjects: Breathitt, Edward T., 1924-; Chandler, Happy, 1898-1991.; Democratic Party (Ky.); Governors--Kentucky; Republican Party (Ky.)

00:27:40 - The 1964 Democratic National Convention

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Partial Transcript: Um, if we could now for a moment go back to the national scene, I, I, I'm trying to keep it in some--

Segment Synopsis: Wyatt discusses Lyndon Johnson's domination of the 1964 Democratic National Convention, as well as Johnson's opposition to Wyatt because of Wyatt's support of Adlai Stevenson in 1952 and 1956, when Johnson too sought to become the Democratic candidate.

Keywords: Adlai Stevenson; Democratic Conventions; Democratic Party; Earle C. Clements; Lyndon B. Johnson; Mark F. Ethridge; Practice of law

Subjects: Democratic National Convention; Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.

00:35:53 - Women in politics / Ned Breathitt's governorship

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Partial Transcript: At that '64 convention, uh, I found it interesting in your book your comments about you and Mrs. Wyatt being there together, and both of you being active participants.

Segment Synopsis: Commenting on his wife Anne's involvement in the 1964 Democratic National Convention as the president of the Kentucky Democratic Women's Club, Wyatt expresses his support of the participation of women in politics. He also discusses Ned Breathitt's governorship (1963-1967) in Kentucky, noting that the two areas of greatest progress during this administration were civil rights and environmental legislation.

[[Recording is silent 41:08-41:29.]]

Keywords: Democratic Women's Club; Edward Breathitt; Edward T. Breathitt (Ned Breathitt); Strip mining; Women's suffrage

Subjects: Breathitt, Edward T., 1924-; Civil rights movement; Environmentalism and politics; Governors--Kentucky; Women's rights.; Women--Suffrage.

00:41:29 - Re-establishing his law practice

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Partial Transcript: One of the things, uh, I've been looking forward to, to ask you about and to talk with you about, um, was the establishment of the law firm.

Segment Synopsis: Wyatt recounts his return to his law firm in Louisville, Kentucky after his defeat in the 1963 senatorial election. He explains that with few exceptions, his firm hired only young lawyers. Describing a merger of his law firm with another firm, he discusses mergers of law firms in general.

Keywords: African Americans; Bert T. Combs; John E. Tarrant; Mergers; New Albany; Robert Worth Bingham

Subjects: Law firms; Lawyers.; Practice of law.

00:52:45 - Law firm personnel in the 1960s

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Partial Transcript: What's it like on a day-to-day basis, uh, running a law firm like this when--back in the, uh, late '60s, early '70s, when they were really growing and, and, and things were really booming?

Segment Synopsis: Wyatt discusses the management and personnel of his law firm, particularly regarding the rarity of women and Black lawyers in the 1960s, though some (such as African American lawyer Ray Burse) were hired by his law firm.

Keywords: African Americans; Arthur Grafton; Black lawyers; Hiring of employees; Raymond M. Burse; Women lawyers

Subjects: Employee selection.; Minorities.; Practice of law.

00:59:20 - Pushing the civic responsibilities of attorneys

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Partial Transcript: Of course, in your career, uh, in politics you were attacked at certain times for being a corporate lawyer, and, and those types of things your opponents might like to use against you.

Segment Synopsis: Wyatt discusses the policy in his law firm of encouraging community service and political leadership.

Keywords: Attorneys; Community service; Extra-curricular activities; George Barry Bingham, Sr.; Gordon B. Davidson

Subjects: Lawyers.; Political leadership.

01:05:54 - The viability of night schools

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Partial Transcript: So, uh, it's interesting that, um, both Arthur and I, uh, were graduates of the Jefferson School of Law. I mentioned it to you--I'm not sure whether it was on the tape or not--but the Jefferson School of Law was a night school, two years of a night school.

Segment Synopsis: Wyatt argues that lawyers educated at night schools can go on to become just as successful as graduates of major law schools, discussing a case he took up on behalf of Pullman Company as an illustration both of how nervous he felt when the opposition was a graduate of a major law school, and of the falseness of the stereotype that night school graduates are less capable than other lawyers.

Keywords: Harvard Law School; Jefferson School of Law; Night schools; Pullman Company

Subjects: Evening and continuation schools; Law schools.; Legal opinions.; Universities and colleges.

01:11:28 - The Courier-Journal and conflict of interests

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Partial Transcript: Of course, one of your major clients--and, and I don't know that we should get into, to a long discussion about all your, all your clients, because I know that's, that's business, uh, private business type things--but one of your--(coughs)--most well-known clients, as we've talked about in the past, was the Courier-Journal and the Bingham--

Segment Synopsis: Wyatt explains that the Louisville Courier-Journal always made up only a small portion of his law firm's business. He discusses the aim of lawyers at impartiality in giving legal opinions and representing clients, though he argues that a lawyer who holds public office does not have a conflict of interests (as once was the accusation against Bert Combs).

Keywords: Legal counseling; Legal opinions; Louisville Courier-Journal; University trustees

Subjects: Conflict of interests.; Newspapers.; Press.; Public interest.