This week I focused on diving into the Oral History interview of Judge Sarah T. Hughes that I ordered and received from the North Texas State University Oral History Collection. The interviewer was Dr. Fred Gantt.
This Oral History interview, true to its name, basically tells Judge Sarah T. Hughes’ life story. After attending a girls’ college, Hughes went on to become a teacher for two years, but after those two years she discovered that she wanted to follow in her male cousin’s footsteps and study law (Hughes, 2). She became a police woman in 1919 in Washington D.C. so that she could pay for night school (Hughes, 2). This is all very significant because this was before women even had the right to vote in the United States. Judge Sarah Hughes was clearly a confident woman who believed in and knew what she was capable of, thus, not letting anyone hold her back. If she would have let others hold her back then she would not have ended up on Air Force One giving Lyndon B. Johnson the oath of office.
In these series of interviews, she speaks of her experience as a lawyer and her experiences with women rights. She gives detail to detail accounts about her journey in politics and about when and where she met numerous presidents of the United States, thus, that eventually led to her becoming the judge that swore in Johnson. In the interviews, she also speaks about her different beliefs and the different grounds she took on political issues; which is extremely important because it became relevant to the reason why she was chosen to admit the oath of office to Lyndon B. Johnson, instead of one of the other judges.
Next week I will continue to go through the numerous interviews with Judge Sarah T. Hughes, and touch more specifically on her friendship with Lyndon B. Johnson. These interviews will play a predominant role in my paper.
Hughes, Judge Sarah T., interview by Dr. Fred Gantt. Interview with Judge Sarah T. Hughes (January 15, February7, February 28, March 21, April 11, May 16, May 27 1969).