Mike Mansfield Papers: Series 21, Box 38 , Folder 63, Mansfield Library, University of Montana.
MAY l 1957
STAT MENT OF SENATO MIKE MANSFIELD (D) MONTANA.
SENATOR CHURCH D FENDS THE WEST
Mr. Pr eident, on Mon~y oi thio week I insert d in the Con-gre
atonal cord an rticle by th noted historian, Walter Preacott
Webb, entitled, ''The American est: erpetual Mirage".
I found Professor W bb's rticle v ry int restin and be arrived
t a umber of new concluaions as to the force which have shaped the
West, namely the de11ert. H pointa to w ~t he constders the lack of
great tatesmen in the We t and suggests that We tern hittory il brief
ow many p ople may e exception t~ Profeseor Webb'e tbesil
and hie findings. The distinguished Junior
S~nator from Idaho, Mr.
Church, ie one. \.
enator Church objects to the irrelevan~e of a great deal of the
facts and data preeented and explodes a number of Professor Webb'•
I The Junior Sen tor from Idaho preeenh\ ~· views in a letter add res sed
to Harp r'e Magazine, and eo that the Senate tmay have the be'!ne!it of the
view of thh v ry able representative of th• r~~t, I sk unanimous con-
a nt that thh letter elated April 25~ be p'inted at the conclusion of my
remarks in the Congrea aional Record. I
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