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West Virginia Archives and History Library

The Myths and Realities of Senator Robert C. Byrd
November 2, 2017

On Thursday, November 2, 2017, David Corbin will present “The Myths and Realities of Senator Robert C. Byrd” in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

After working for Robert C. Byrd for 16 years, and writing a book about him, Corbin learned that, despite his incredibly successful political career, including three terms as the leader of the U.S. Senate, and his accomplishments, which were considerable, Byrd’s image and legacy have been tainted by misconceptions, misunderstanding, and misinformation. He will discuss Byrd’s contributions, but his talk will focus on the myths and reality of Senator Robert C. Byrd to correct the “fake history” of the man and the U.S. Senator, especially in regards to his record on race and civil rights.

David A. Corbin worked in the U.S. Senate for 26 years, 6 years on the leadership staff of Senate Majority Leader Robert C. Byrd and 10 years on the leadership staffs of Senate Majority Leaders George Mitchell and Tom Daschle. He also served as Senator Byrd’s speechwriter for the last 10 years of Byrd’s career. Corbin is the author of a book on Senator Byrd, The Last Great Senator: Robert C. Byrd’s Encounters with Eleven U.S. Presidents (2015), and the article, “Senator Robert C. Byrd, The ‘Unsung Hero’ of Watergate,” West Virginia Law Review, Spring 2006.

With a Ph.D. in labor history, Corbin has taught labor history for the University of Maryland in Europe and at College Park, MD. He is the author of two books on West Virginia coal miners, Life, Work, and Rebellion in the Coal Fields: The Southern West Virginia Miners, 1880-1922 (1981) and Gun Thugs, Rednecks, and Radicals: A Documentary History of the West Virginia Mine Wars (2011). His most recent scholarly publication is: “John F. Kennedy Plays the ‘Religious Card’: Another Look at the 1960 West Virginia Primary,” West Virginia History, Fall 2015.

Participants may park behind the Culture Center after 5:00 p.m. on November 2 and enter the building at the back loading dock area. There also is limited handicapped parking available in the new bus turnaround.

For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.

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