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Document Details


Title: Carl M. Marcy
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: U.S. Congress. Senate. Historical Office
Collection: Senate Oral History Project
Series: Item 6 of Series Carl M. Marcy
Description: Senator J. William Fulbright holds the record as the longest serving chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee (fifteen years, from 1959 to 1974), but Carl Marcy served for eighteen years as the committee's chief of staff (from 1955 to 1973). For most of that time their service overlapped, and Marcy's recollections are in large part the story of Fulbright's impact on the committee, during the presidencies of Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. It was a period in which the bipartisan consensus in foreign policy unraveled and the gap between Congress and the White House widened steadily, most notably over the war in Vietnam. No longer completely trusting the executive branch as a source of information, the committee expanded its staff during Marcy's tenure as chief of staff and pursued more vigorous oversight of the policy makers.
Extent: 18 pages
URL: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/resources/pdf/Marcy_interview_6.pdf
Original Language: English
Time span: 1961 to 1973
Speaker: Marcy, Carl M., 1913-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1913
Speaker place of birth: Falls City, OR; Oregon; United States; North America
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Chief of staff
Age at speaking: 70
Document date: 26-Oct-1983
Interviewer: Ritchie, Donald A.
Organizations discussed: U.S. Congress. Senate; U.S. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations; U.S. Department of State; United Nations
Historical events discussed: Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975
Locations discussed: Asia; District of Columbia; North America; Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; United States; Vietnam
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Asia; District of Columbia; Federal government; International relations; Legislative bodies--United States; Legislators--United States; North America; Oral history; Political science--United States; Politicians; U.S. Congress. Senate; U.S. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations; U.S. Department of State; Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; United Nations; United States; United States--Officials and employees; United States--Politics and government; Vietnam; Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975
Topics discussed - Other terms: Foreign policy
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0022125-23143