Miller Center

James Smith

Speaker: James W. Smith
Date: January 6, 1983
Associated with organized labor. As staff representative of the United Steelworkers of America in the Houston office, James Smith discusses his experience of the first meeting of the Democratic Advisory Council created in the early 1950s and Sam Rayburn?s role in it. Among other issues, also addresses the organized labor?s attitude toward Johnson and its interaction with him during the period from 1952-1956, Johnson?s vote for Taft-Hartley, his liberalism compared to Rayburn, Harris County Democrats, Frankie Randolph and her feud with Johnson, and the fight over control of the Democratic Party and the Convention of 1956.