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An Interview with James A. Farley

An Interview with James A. Farley

James A Farley, considered one of the key figures in getting Franklin Delano Roosevelt elected president, speaks with Howard Langer about politics. A political operative with experience on both the local and the federal level, Farley defends much-derided terms like “party boss” and “political machine” as well as the two-party system in American politics. Farley also discusses the characteristics that made people like FDR and Harry Truman good politicians. “In the first place, they had to like people and they had to—by their own actions—convince people of the sincerity of their motives,” Farley said. “Telling the truth in politics is a very necessary element.” Liner notes include a transcription of the interview and a brief teaching guide.

Track Listing

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Introduction James A. Farley 1:46
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What is Politics? James A. Farley 1:51
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The Political Machine James A. Farley 3:33
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The Political Organization James A. Farley 2:14
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Contribution of Money James A. Farley 1:05
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The Politicians James A. Farley 1:47
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Characteristics James A. Farley 0:59
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The Presidential Candidate James A. Farley 2:38
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Regions and the Candidate James A. Farley 3:34
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Religion and the Candidate James A. Farley 1:01
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The Economic Issue James A. Farley 1:00
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Television and the Politician James A. Farley 1:01
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Cost of Campaigning James A. Farley 1:41
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Farley and His Future James A. Farley 1:10
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Young People and Politics James A. Farley 2:15
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Farley and the Young People James A. Farley 2:01
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