By Claus Naske
In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Ernest Gruening governor of territorial Alaska. What have been twenty ancient years that modified the face of North the United States while Alaska grew to become a country in 1959.Using unpublished archival fabrics, Claus-M. Naske follows Gruening from Puerto Rico to the Pacific Islands and from Alaska to Antarctica. As governor, Gruening committed himself to the industrial improvement of Alaska and fought discrimination opposed to Alaska Natives. In 1958, he was once elected to the U.S. Senate the place he adversarial the Vietnam battle and earned a name for his liberal perspectives on civil rights. Gruening's letters and memos demonstrate the demanding situations that he confronted on a daily basis as an activist governor and senator. As a guy of expertise, ambition, and ego, Gruening met clash head-on and won the honour of Alaskans for his honesty and simple speech.The lifetime of Ernest Gruening is a private account of Alaska statehood in addition to a political odyssey during the 20th century.
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The editor could not possibly have foreseen how correctly he had assessed Gruening. The Gruenings left Seattle on the SS Yukon for the voyage north. The scenery of the Inside Passage especially impressed Dorothy Gruening. It rained steadily, and if it did not rain, the clouds hung low in the sky. She observed seagulls ﬂying over the ship and its wake and thought that they made “a perfect symphony of soft grays while the beautiful mist covered mountains . . ” Mrs. ” After a brief stop in Ketchikan, the SS Yukon pulled into Petersburg on December .
Two days after Gruening had taken ofﬁce, the Young Republicans sponsored a radio broadcast. Ronald Lister spoke for the group, and pointed out that a self-constituted welcoming committee, “composed only of favor seekers and office holders,” had greeted the governor on arrival; the people at large—the miners, fishermen, local business and professional people—had not been represented. ” Gruening, of course, wholly agreed with Lister’s sentiments and fully intended to be governor for all the people.
At daylight on March , the Taney hove to off the western channel into the lagoon of Canton er ne st gruening Atoll and lowered four boats filled with equipment and stores. ” Black replied that each had to carry out his orders. “Yours are to protest my landing and mine are to land. ” After these formalities, the Americans unloaded the Coast Guard cutter and put up the American ﬂag. On April , , the Department of the Interior announced that Secretary Ickes had signed a revocable license permitting Pan American Airways to use Canton Island as an air base.
Ernest Gruening: Alaska's Greatest Governor by Claus Naske