by Last Initial
Edward W. Brooke, III (Finding Aid)
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Lamb
Favorite Time of Year: Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot: St. Martens, French West Indies
Interview Length: 252 minutes
Interview Date(s): September 23, 2003
Interview Location(s): Washington D.C.
Former US Senator, Edward Brooke details his childhood in Washington D.C. He remembers the pervasive segregation in all aspects of life. Brooke discusses his family background, rooted in Virginia slave plantations. He also details black life in Washington as a child of some privelege, His father was an attorney who beleived in the power of education.
Former US Senator, Edward Brooke, describes his secondary school acehivements and life as a 'city student' at Howard University. He details hos important his involvment with Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity was to his social and future political development. He recalls meeting noteable figures like A. Phillip Randolph, Haile Selaisse, Alain Locke among others. He also recalls professors who were to become stellar figures like, Charles Hamilton Houston and Ralph Bunche.
Former US Senator, Edward Brooke, details his life as a second lieutenant in the Army during WWII. He recalls the opressive weight of segregation and racism from fellow white soldiers and commanders while allegedly fighting for democracy abroad. Denied access to the same facilities as white soldiers and limited to guard duty, Brooke and the other exceptional men of the 366th were demoralized.
Former US Senator, Edward Brooke, details his tour in the South Pacific during WWII. He recalls the indignities suffered by the men of the 366th Combat battalion. A segregated unit led by Howard University men, Brooke describes how the unit was misued for digging ditches when they were eager to see combat. He also discusses his marriage to a young Italian woman and how she was received when she moved to the States to be with Brooke.
Former US Senator, Edward Brooke discusses his entry into local then statewide politics. In a nonpartisan election for state representative, Brooke ran on the Democratic and Republican ticket, but lost on the Democratic ticket. Urged by Massachusetts poitical big wigs, Brooke made another stab for office, and lost again. Governor Herter urged him to run for Massachusetts secretary of state. Brooke also recounts some difficulties faced in the politcal arena due to his interracial marriage.
Former US Senator Edward Brooke discusses his first run for Secretary of state for Massachusetts. He also details his run for Massachusetts Attorney General and the political odds against him succeeding. Brooke recalls one of his most famous cases, the Boston Strangler case, which he sucessfully prosecuted and some of the publicity generated by the case and subsequent feature film.
Former US Senator, Edward Brooke, recalls his years in Massachusetts state politics, his win for Attorney General and the fortuitous set of circumstances which led his to run for US Senator, making him the first black man to win since Reconstruction. Brooke describes the political wrangling in the Massachusetts Republican party when the Senate seat suddenly opened up.
Former US Senator, Edward Brooke, details his political losses and successes in Massachusetts as attorney general and later US Senator. He recalls the friction encountered as he bucked the established Massachusetts and Boston Brahmin power structure to run for office. Brooke also discusses his political friendship between himself and the Kennedy family.
Former US Senator Edward Brooke details his life as a two term senator. He held office during the unravelling of the Nixon presidency and Watergate. In fact, Brooke was the first Republican to call for him to step down. Brooke was also a voiciferous opponent of Nixon's Southern Strategy and attempts to place two segregationsists on the US Supreme Court.
Former US Senator Edward Brooke shares his thoughts on the future of black America, global issues, the Iraq War and his legacy.
64 Stories (See Ordered Story Set)
- Slating of Edward Brooke
- Edward Brooke identifies five favorites
- Edward Brooke provides information about his mother
- Edward Brooke shares information about his paternal lineage and father
- Edward Brooke reflects on his childhood in Washington, D.C.
- Edward Brooke discusses childhood activities and heroes
- Edward Brooke describes the personalities of his mother and father
- Edward Brooke talks experiences and influences at Dunbar High School in Washington D.C.
- Edward Brooke describes himself as a student in high school
- Edward Brooke identifies a high school mentor
- Edward Brooke talks about commuting as a student to Howard University
- Edward Brooke reflects on sports at Howard University
- Edward Brooke remembers notable professors at Howard University
- Edward Brooke discusses his college involvement in the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity
- Edward Brooke talks about the significance of black organizations
- Edward Brooke discusses his entrance into the Army
- Edward Brooke describes degregation in the army
- Edward Brooke shares stories about his army experiences
- Edward Brooke shares stories of discrimination while serving in the army
- Edward Brooke talks about the low morale of the black troops
- Edward Brooke recounts leading a band of Italian partisans
- Edward Brooke reflects on the historical service of blacks in the military
- Edward Brooke retells a story of a suprise attack on the enemy while stationed in Italy
- Edward Brooke details the reluctance to use black troops for combat duty
- Edward Brooke describes the mix of emotions upon returning home after the war
- Edward Brooke shared details about his black combat unit
- Edward Brooke discusses meeting and marrying an Italian woman
- Edward Brooke recounts his decision to attend law school
- Edward Brooke talks about living in the Roxbury district of Boston, Massachusetts
- Edward Brooke discusses entering private legal practice
- Edward Brooke talks about running for public office
- Edward Brooke describes his involvement in Massachusetts politics
- Edward Brooke comments on the impact of his wife's race on his campaigns
- Edward Brooke talks about running for Secretary of State
- Edward Brooke describes some of the challenges he faced while investigating corruption
- Edward Brooke discusses being elected Attorney General for Massachusetts
- Edward Brooke talks about the Boston Strangler case
- Edward Brooke discusses politics in Massachusetts
- Edward Brooke talks about the Voting Rights Act
- Edward Brooke talks about the importance of economic and political power
- Edward Brooke highlights the contributions of individuals to black political and economic progress
- Edward Brooke comments on Barry Goldwater
- Edward Brooke comments on black elected officials
- Edward Brooke discusses his path to the Senate
- Edward Brooke discusses his constituency
- Edward Brooke talks about political opposition in 1966
- Edward Brooke explains his approach to public office
- Edward Brooke talks about opposition to his run for the United States Senate
- Edward Brooke discusses the Vietnam war
- Edward Brooke identifies issues he confronted while running for the United States Senate
- Edward Brooke talks about the Watts riot
- Edward Brooke discusses black voters and the two major political parties
- Edward Brooke talks about the Kennedy family
- Edward Brooke discusses black voter support and black representation
- Edward Brooke outlines key issues for future black Senatorial candidates
- Edward Brooke discusses his contentious relationship with Richard Nixon
- Edward Brooke details his stature and influence in the Republican Party
- Edward Brooke reveals his abhorrence for the Republican Southern Strategy
- Edward Brooke discusses Richard Nixon's strengths and weaknesses
- Edward Brooke remembers his advice to Richard Nixon to resign the Presidency
- Edward Brooke recounts his views on the Vietnam War and a meeting with Lyndon Johnson
- Edward Brooke notes highlights from his Senate career
- Edward Brooke shares his hopes and concerns for society
- Edward Brooke reflects on his legacy