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Author Dirksen, Everett McKinley.

Title The education of a senator / Everett McKinley Dirksen ; foreword by Howard H. Baker Jr. ; introduction by Frank H. Mackaman.

Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [1998]


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Physical description li, 256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page xlv-li) and index.
Contents Foreword / Howard H. Baker, Jr. -- Introduction / Frank H. Mackaman -- 1. The Halcyon Days -- 2. The Groves of Academe -- 3. "You're in the Army Now" -- 4. "Lafayette, We Are Here" -- 5. Floundering -- 6. The Councilman -- 7. Mr. Smith Does Not Go to Washington -- 8. Mr. Dirksen Goes to Washington -- 9. "You One-Termer" -- 10. The New Deal and I -- 11. The New Deal and I Continue -- 12. Meteor across the Sky -- 13. Dramatic Deeds -- 14. Broadening Horizons -- 15. A Crisis in My Life -- 16. "But You Must Be a Senator" -- 17. Judgment Day.
Summary Recently discovered in the archives of the Dirksen Congressional Center, this is the memoir Senator Dirksen was writing at the time of his death in 1969 - and his gravel-voiced warmth and wisdom come through on every page. Covering the years of his boyhood through his election to the Senate in 1950, The Education of a Senator reveals the foundation of a great public servant in the making. Although Dirksen was often criticized for changing his position, his admirers viewed his flexibility as an asset: a willingness to adapt thoughtfully to changing realities, instead of holding on to rigid views based on outdated circumstances. By his eloquence and clear vision, Dirksen drew national attention for his leadership in Congress, particularly for his role in civil rights legislation.
Subject Dirksen, Everett McKinley.
United States. Congress. Senate -- Biography.
Legislators -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
ISBN 0252024141 (alk. paper)