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Harvey Swados Standing up for the People Papers

Identifier: MPA-0122
Drafts and notes by Harvey Swados for Standing up for the People: The Life and Works of Estes Kefauver. The book is a biography of the life of Senator Kefauver, who championed many causes during his term of office. Kefauver was also known for his well publicized investigation into the mafia in the 1950s. The papers in the collection consist of Swados' reserach notes; two transcripts of the book, Standing up for the People, with handwritten corrections; a galley proof; and a folder of loose material.


  • Circa 1972


The material in this collection is in English

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Drafts and notes of Harvey Swados for Standing up for the People: The Life and Works of Estes Kefauver, a biography on the life of Estes Kefauver, a prominent US senator and presidential candidate.

Biographical/Historical Note

Harvey Swados (Oct. 28, 1920-Dec. 11, 1972) was an American social critic who wrote novels, short stories and essays.

Estes Kefauver (1903-1963) was a U.S. House Representative (1939-1949), U.S. Senator (1950-1963), and 1956 Democratic Vice Presidential candidate. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1924 and Yale Law School in 1927. In 1935 he married Nancy Piggott, a native of Scotland. During his years in the Senate, he served on the Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce, voted for the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960, and sponsored the Kefauver-Harris Drug Control Act of 1962. He lost favor among Southerners with his support of the Brown v. Board of Education (1954) decision to desegregate schools and when he and Albert Gore, Sr., were the only southern senators to refuse to sign the Southern Manifesto, intending to block school integration, in 1956. In 1952, he lost to Adlai Stevenson for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, but in 1956 he was Stevenson's Vice Presidential running mate.

Previous Citation

This collection was previously listed as MS.699

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA