Jacob Javits

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Senator Jacob Javits of New York in the 1950s.

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Javits, Senator from New York, answers questions about politics and the Republican Party.

Jay Nelson Tuck moderates.

Panelists: Peter Franklin, Stan Siegel, Ed Stover and Jim Farrell


Sherman Adams Affair has not hurt the Republican party. Adams admitted imprudence, and it's the President's prestige at stake if anything else goes wrong. Congressman Keating. Eisenhower's work on integration. Needs to show a stronger stance with desegregation. No challenge to segregation had happened until Eisenhower came in to office. Little Rock. The President has made strong personal statements, like sending troops into Little Rock. The US shouldn't fight for the Quemoy and Matsu islands alone. The only basis on which our country would have a right to fight is if this represents the same action Hitler took in 1934. The President has the right to decide whether or not an aggressive attempt on Quemoy and Matsu warrants reaction. Unanimous votes to not recognize Communist China. Recognition of Formosa. It is possible to come to an agreement that Formosa can be Formosa, and the Mainland can be the Mainland, and there can be peaceful competition. Mao Zedong. The Republican Party has got a passing average on its campaign promises. We're on the way back. There's a lot in the domestic economy to be done, but we're not in a depression. We are pulling out of the recession. Desegregation in DC. Desegregation in Little Rock public schools is inevitable.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

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