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Howard E. Shuman
Legislative and Administrative Assistant

As legislative and administrative assistant to Senator Paul Douglas during the 1950s and 1960s, Howard Shuman helped carry the banner for civil rights, fought against oil and gas interests, and promoted many other liberal issues on Senator Douglas' agenda. During the 1970s he continued the legislative battle while on the staff of Senator William Proxmire, supporting "Truth in Lending" laws and opposing the SST. As a specialist in economic issues, Shuman also observed the evolution of the federal budget process through his close associations with the Senate Appropriations, Finance, and Budget committees and with the Joint Economic Committee.

Table of Contents:
1) From Illinois to Oxford
2) The Senate in the 1950s
3) Paul Douglas and Civil Rights
4) The "Good Old Days" Were Not
5) The Kennedy Years
6) LBJ as President
7) Battling the Bureaucracy
8) Proxmire and the Golden Fleece
9) Ethics of Government
10) Heroes and Theores
Photo of Howard Shuman
Citation: Scholarly citation: "Howard E. Shuman, Legislative and Administrative Assistant to Senators Paul Douglas and William Proxmire, 1955-1982," Oral History Interviews, Senate Historical Office, Washington, D.C.
Deed of Gift: I, Howard E. Shuman, do hereby give to the Senate Historical Office the tape recordings and transcripts of my interviews on July 22, July 29, August 13, August 19, August 26, September 17, September 24, October 1, October 9, and October 22, 1987. I authorize the Senate Historical Office to use the tapes and transcripts in such a manner as may best serve the educational and historical objectives of their oral history program. I also approve the deposit of the transcripts at the Library of Congress, National Archives, Senate Library, the manuscript collections of Senators Paul Douglas and William Proxmire, and any other institution which the Senate Historical Office may deem appropriate. In making this gift, I voluntarily convey ownership of the tapes and transcripts to the public domain. Howard E. Shuman 10 June, 1988 Accepted on behalf of the Senate Historical Office by: Richard A. Baker 10 June, 1988

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