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Kentucky Politics: John Sherman Cooper: Diplomacy

Activity Questions

Listen to the featured interview and write down some of the keywords or topics discussed.

What was Cooper's role in international relations? Support your answer with evidence from the interview.

 How was Cooper perceived in India? What does this interview tell you about American foreign policy and the Cold War during the 1950s?


Featured Interview

In this interview, historian Thomas D. Clark evaluates Cooper's legacy as U.S. Ambassador to India and Nepal as a Lincoln-like figure who was very popular with the Indian public.

Cooper was highly interested in international relations. He served under Dean Acheson in 1950 as a special advisor to the State Department on the creation of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). Cooper was also U.S. Ambassador to India, Nepal, and East Germany. In the Senate, Cooper advocated for additional foreign aid to India, and was highly interested in Cold War policies.

Please click on the segment at 40:55 (U.S. Ambassador to India).

Internationally-Minded Kentuckian

Cooper sitting in a chair talking to Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal NehruCooper shaking hands with Secretary of State John Foster Dulles

Cooper with Prime Minister Nehru                             Cooper (left) with John Foster Dulles

Franklin, D. (1984). The politician as a diplomat: Kentucky's John Sherman Cooper in India, 1955-1956. The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 82 (1), 28-59.