COVER

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-7

CONTENTS/ILLUSTRATIONS

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pp. vii-ix

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FOREWORD

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pp. xi-xii

I AM PLEASED that Kyle Longley has come forward with a scholarly presentation highlighting the career of my late father, Albeit Gore, Sr. As a son, I continue to miss him in a personal way. And as a citizen, I wish that our nation could hear his voice again right now as we struggle with pressing issues in these...

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PREFACE

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pp. xiii-xv

IN NOVEMBER 2000, a week after the presidential election, I traveled to Murfreesboro and Middle Tennessee State University on a research trip. The entire country remained transfixed on the Florida recount. In the ensuing debates, one of the perplexing questions asked was why Vice President Al Gore...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-7

THERE WAS weeping and gnashing of teeth throughout the South in 1954. The Supreme Court had issued the Brown v. Board of Education decision that overturned the concept of "separate but equal" and opened challenges to segregation throughout the region. Angry white southerners banded together in groups...

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1 The Boy from Possum Hollow

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pp. 8-40

WHILE LIVING in Detroit as a teenager after leaving high school, Albert Gore recalled that "I pondered upon my own happy childhood and wondered why it had been so. I concluded it was because we lived apart from the world, relatively isolated and therefore dependent entirely upon one another. Although the...

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2 Mr. Gore Goes to Washington [Inclues Image Plates]

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pp. 41-68

A SHORT TIME after arriving in Washington, Gore received a special invitation to visit the White House. The young congressman's opposition to President Roosevelt's housing bill was the reason for the honor. The thirty-two-year-old Gore arrived with a new briefcase full of documents, prepared to point out to...

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3 In the New World of Atoms, the Cold War, and the Fair Deal

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pp. 69-101

GORE REMINISCED that although he generally supported Truman's administration, there were some "little irritants—his conduct, the cronyism ... his excesses such as his language—these humiliated me to some extent." Overall, however, he thought Truman "made a great President. He surely had identification...

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4 Joining the Millionaires' Club

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pp. 102-133

GORE LOVED to tell the story of a November 1952 trip through East Tennessee on his way to Washington. He arrived in a small town, fresh off his victory and walking with a little extra bounce in his step. He went in to a local store to buy a Coke. "Every eye was on him—the man who had beat Kenneth McKellar," he...

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5 A Time of Peril on Many Fronts

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pp. 134-157

"EISENHOWER'S FINAL ACT, perhaps his most lasting contribution," Gore wrote, "was his warning to his countrymen of the dangers inherent in the burgeoning 'military-industrial complex' . . . One will never know, but historians can meditate upon the knowledge and possibly the anxieties which prompted...

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6 Living in Camelot

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pp. 158-181

"i HAD BEEN galled by the laissez-faire politics of President Eisenhower, and I enjoyed thinking that by my fights in the Senate I had forged the economic issues on which my friend Kennedy had largely been elected," Gore wrote. "With my friend in the White House, I was brimming with enthusiasm to get...

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7 In the Midst of the Great Society and Beyond

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pp. 182-216

DISILLUSIONMENT AND DESPAIR enveloped the country following Kennedy's assassination. Like so many of his countrymen, a distraught Gore worried about the nation and its future. He wrote Lyndon Johnson about his concern, telling him that "you have my prayers and best wishes. May God be...

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8 Target Number One

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pp. 217-240

IN NOVEMBER 1970, Gore sat down and wrote his colleague, Frank Church. It was only a few days after his defeat by Republican Bill Brock in a hard, nasty campaign watched by many political observers. Despite being tired and discouraged, he remained defiant: "In this business of politics, one must live or die by...

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9 Life out of the Limelight

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pp. 241-270

AL GORE RECALLED his father's 1970 loss as "a very painful experience for me, because he fought on principle and he was rejected. That coupled with the feeling that so many of my peers and I had that the country had seriously lost its way, caused me to write [to Tipper] ... I'm losing my former sense of optimism...

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Epilogue

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pp. 271-273

EVEN AFTER HIS DEATH , Senator Gore continued to exert influence on American political life through his son. Rep. Bob Clement (D-TN) recalled that Gore had told him: "Bob, I want to live to see the day when my son is elected president of the United States." "He really fought hard to stay alive," Clement...

NOTES

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pp. 275-315

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 317-334

INDEX

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pp. 335-350