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"Everett Dirksen's Washington" VFI-68/1/22-2 (Time: 40:39)
Dirksen conducts a tour of the Capitol and discusses his life and career with Howard K. Smith of ABC News.
Longines Chronoscope with Dirksen, May 7, 1952 (Time: 14:40)
Interview of Dirksen on his Senate bill to limit the powers of the Wage Stabilization Board, government seizure of the steel industry, credit controls, and the presidential campaign 1952.
Dirksen's Your Senator Reports, June 1952 (Time: 1:20)
The problem of government competition with business.
Dirksen at the 1952 Republican National Convention, July 8, 1952 (Time: 24:05)
Dirksen gives his speech in support of Senator Robert Taft for President against Dwight D. Eisenhower. Dirksen's famous charge against Thomas Dewey is located at 17:40.
Dirksen's Your Senator Reports, March 11, 1963 (Time: 13:40)
The nature of lobbying in Congress.
"Some Aspects of the Public Debt" VFI-62/3/6-2 (Time: 1:07)
Dirksen speaks about the public debt through a humorous anecdote.
"The Right to Disagree" VFI-60/3/14-1 (Time: 0:20)
A younger Dirksen links government to "a water-logged scow."
"Visit to the Lincoln Memorial" VFI-66/2/7-1 (Time: 1:22)
Dirksen speaks of Abraham Lincoln's legacy.
"The Operational Crisis of 1961" VFI-61/5/15-1 (Time: 0:54)
In a broadcast to constituents, Dirksen talks about the nuclear threat.
"Washington Conversation" 3-5-61 (Time: 0:40)
Dirksen describes the job of a party leader.
"The Right to Disagree" VFI-60/3/14-1 (Time: 0:43)
Dirksen on Americans' right to disagree.
“NBC’s Meet the Press” February 3, 1963 (Time: 2:49)
Dirksen responds to questions about the “Ev and Charlie Show” and the 1964 Republican presidential nomination.
Dirksen's Your Senator Reports, June 6, 1966 (Time: 1:56)
Increasing the public debt.
"The Difference Between a Republican and a Democrat" 1967 or 1968 (Time: 2:55)
As Republican Senate leader, Everett Dirksen played a highly visible and key role in the politics of the 1960s, including helping to write and pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Open Housing Act of 1968, both landmarks of Civil Rights legislation. Dirksen served in the Senate from 1951 to 1969, and was seen quite often on the evening television news shows. His banter with newsmen Walter Cronkite and Roger Mudd, and his unmistakable “raspy” voice made him famous throughout the country and the world.
This video was shot in Southern Illinois in 1967 or 1968 and features a young report (CP Harding) from WSIU Television (Southern Illinois University) asking Senator Dirksen just one question for a proposed children’s news program. Toward the end of the interview, the reporter becomes concerned because he was getting a signal that they were almost out of film and Senator Dirksen just kept talking.
Thursday, September 11, 1969. Glendale Memorial Gardens, Pekin, Illinois. Everett McKinley Dirksen was buried today in his hometown. Several thousand mourners, most of them his neighbors and constituents, stood in tribute during the graveside services. Frank Look took his movie camera to the ceremony and recorded, from some distance, the arrival of the hearse and the procession to the gravesite. The 2:56 minute clip is reproduced here.
The clip shows troops of the 5th Army who held honor guard positions along the fence and Route 9, bordering the cemetery. The ceremony itself was brief, only 15 minutes—the recording does not depict the service. Three ministers read short prayers. The Rev. Edward L.R. Elson, chaplain of the Senate, said in his eulogy, “The last march has ended. A mighty man of God has answered his last roll call. His battles are all fought, his victories all won.”
An estimated 10,000 people watched the funeral procession proceed the 15 miles from the Peoria airport, south on Route 24, through Pekin on Route 9, to the cemetery on the east side of town where more than 6,000 stood in waiting. Among the dignitaries accompanying the procession were Vice President Spiro Agnew, five members of President Richard Nixon’s cabinet, 42 U.S. senators, and 27 U.S. representatives. Dozens of state officials joined them, as did over 200 members of the press.
Frank Look’s film is the only known, surviving moving-image documentation of the event. His daughter, Pat Slack, donated a digitized version to The Center in June 2009.
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