Interview with Wadsworth Y.H. Yee (2/21/1991)

Interview with Wadsworth Y.H. Yee conducted by Michi Kodama-Nishimoto and Daniel W. Tuttle, Jr. on 2/21/1991 in Honolulu, Oʻahu as part of the Hawaiʻi Political History Documentation Project. Former Republican territorial and state senator remembers his Republican and Democratic colleagues and the issues encountered in the senate. He also analyzes gubernatorial campaigns and changes in the Republican party. Topics include: campaigning for Hiram Fong in the 1940s and 1950s; experiences in law school at Northwestern in Chicago; introduction to politics and first running for office at University of Hawaiʻi; experiences serving in the territorial house of representatives in 1958 and in the first state legislature in 1959; his accomplishments during his 16 years in the state senate including Magic Island and tax credit to renters; his support of Hebden Porteus for governor in 1970; the impact of mainland campaign marketing firms on local politics; public opinion of the Republican party as a ghost of the old plantation days; and the difficulties of recruiting people to the Republican party in Hawaiʻi. Interview spans 5 videotapes. Transcript is available

Languages: English


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