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Somebody Met the Bus – Shorty and Joe

Tom Davis talks about the importance human relationships in social work. Transcript I think we make a mistake today. I can’t document it, but most of the people who seem to be in positions of authority come from a business background or having been successful in another field, rather than finding people who have more …

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Thomas C. Davis: A Life in Vermont

The range of Mr. Davis’ experience is quite impressive, and his well-recorded interviews provide a unique, thoughtful, and educationally valuable perspective on many aspects of Vermont history—from Vermont political figures to his family to life in Barre. —Stephen Perkins, Executive Director VT Historical Society Tom … dedicated his life to helping others.… He served my …

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True Believers—The Poverty Program, Part 2

Tom Davis talks about the human services and anti-poverty programs he was involved a Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity and about working across party lines. Transcript There were a lot of young, true believers in those days. We did a big program in daycare. I did a lot of research on the negative …

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The Beginning of Change – FDR in Vermont

Tom Davis talks about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s visit to the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) sites in central Vermont and the impact of this New Deal program on Vermonters. Transcript The big thing that the New Deal brought to Vermont was water conservation. President Roosevelt was very fond of Vermont. He came to Montpelier in …

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Involve the Poor – The Poverty Program, Part 1

Tom Davis talks about the Vermont implementation of the federal War on Poverty programs of the 1960s. Transcript In 1963, on November 23, I was in the parking lot of a small supermarket across from the Windsor post office right next to the Windsor House. And it came over the radio. I probably was listening …

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A Sense of Mission – Human Services

Tom Davis talks about his experiences as the Vermont Secretary of Human Services. Transcript Salmon had taken over. My father had handed him the key to the office, I suppose. And I was shortly thereafter named Secretary of Human Services, a job for which many Republicans thought I was too liberal.  So I had to …

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A Magnificent Leader – Sargent Shriver

Tom Davis talks about Sargent Shriver and his campaign for president. Transcript I can remember when Sargent Shriver came to . . . . Johnson was running for president still. It must have been ’67, late, and then he pulled out. Or maybe it was for Humphrey. Anyway, Sargeant Shriver showed up in Durham, New …

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He Wasn’t Afraid to Lose – Governor Phil Hoff

Tom Davis talks about the first Democratic governor of Vermont in 108 years. Transcript The first time I saw Phil Hoff, he came to Windsor in 1961. He had just been away on a trip to Africa that had been arranged for him by President Kennedy, and he spoke to the Windsor Rotary Club. I …

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