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The Iron Man Keeps His Mettle

James K. Libbey

in Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167138
eISBN:
9780813167831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167138.003.0016
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Media headlines followed the May–December love affair between the widower Barkley and the widow Jane Rucker Hadley. The couple married in November 1949. The wedding was only a brief interlude in the ... More


“Normalcy” and the Tale of Two Elections

James K. Libbey

in Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167138
eISBN:
9780813167831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167138.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Barkley attended the 1920 Democratic national convention and became acquainted with and campaigned for the party’s vice presidential candidate, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Warren G. Harding and the GOP ... More


Senator Barkley from Coolidge to Depression

James K. Libbey

in Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167138
eISBN:
9780813167831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167138.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Harding administration scandals and the president’s death did not prevent Coolidge from winning election as president in 1924 by a huge popular vote. Barkley characterized the new administration as a ... More


Senator Barkley from Depression to the Announcement of a New Deal

James K. Libbey

in Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167138
eISBN:
9780813167831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167138.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In 1930 Barkley attended the Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting in London and then joined colleagues in visiting the Soviet Union. They were intrigued by the Soviet Five-Year Plan of industrialization ... More


The Senator in a Time of Troubles and Triumphs

James K. Libbey

in Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167138
eISBN:
9780813167831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167138.003.0014
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

For Barkley the period from 1941 to 1945 was filled with achievements and difficulties. He received praise for his effective handling of wartime legislation; yet his wife, Dorothy, suffered a heart ... More


The Iron Man Becomes a Veep

James K. Libbey

in Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics

Published in print:
2016
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September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167138
eISBN:
9780813167831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167138.003.0015
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

After World War II, Barkley chaired the Joint Committee on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack. His committee’s recommendations were later fulfilled by passage of the National Security Act, ... More


Congressman Barkley and the New Freedom

James K. Libbey

in Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167138
eISBN:
9780813167831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167138.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Barkley soon brought his family to join him in Washington, DC. He found a hero in Woodrow Wilson and supported the president’s progressive New Freedom. Barkley’s first House speech strongly supported ... More


The Congressman in War and Peace

James K. Libbey

in Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167138
eISBN:
9780813167831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167138.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Because of issues related to German submarines, freedom of the seas, and the Zimmermann telegram, Barkley spoke and voted in favor of war with Germany in April 1917. He strongly supported war ... More


The Assistant Majority Leader and the New Deal

James K. Libbey

in Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167138
eISBN:
9780813167831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167138.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The 1932 election found Barkley reelected to the Senate and FDR elected to the presidency. Barkley played a key role in New Deal legislation because of his Senate committees and his close ... More


Child of the Jackson Purchase

James K. Libbey

in Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167138
eISBN:
9780813167831
Item type:
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Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167138.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Barkley was born in Kentucky’s Jackson Purchase region in humble circumstances as the eldest son of a tenant farmer who raised dark tobacco. He learned the hard life and chores of rural Kentucky but ... More


The Majority Leader in Time of Peace

James K. Libbey

in Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167138
eISBN:
9780813167831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167138.003.0012
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

A conservative Supreme Court seemed bent on destroying the New Deal. President Roosevelt wanted Congress to pass a bill adding more justices to the federal judicial system. Barkley supported FDR ... More


Barkley’s Reconciliation with His Roots

James K. Libbey

in Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167138
eISBN:
9780813167831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167138.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Barkley followed his parents to Paducah and read law in the offices of first Charles K. Wheeler and then John K. Hendrick. To earn money he learned stenography to take depositions and then became a ... More


The Reformer in Time of War

James K. Libbey

in Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167138
eISBN:
9780813167831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167138.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

With the start of the Great War, President Wilson called on Americans to be neutral in thought and deed. Barkley followed Wilson’s plea, but agricultural issues over cotton and tobacco that affected ... More


From Courthouse to Congress

James K. Libbey

in Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167138
eISBN:
9780813167831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167138.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Barkley enjoyed success as county attorney. Among other steps he recommended a bond issue to gravel county roads and thus help his farmer constituents. He also served as president of the State ... More


Clinton and College

James K. Libbey

in Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167138
eISBN:
9780813167831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167138.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The Barkley family moved from Lowes to Clinton after declining prices for tobacco forced the father to shift to wheat cultivation. Poverty led Barkley and his father to work tenant farms and join ... More


The Majority Leader from Neutrality to War

James K. Libbey

in Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167138
eISBN:
9780813167831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167138.003.0013
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In the face of international security threats in 1939 from Germany, Italy, and Japan, FDR requested and Barkley helped pass the Army Air Corps Expansion Bill, which dramatically increased US ... More


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