October - November 1979
J. William Fulbright served for 30 years as U.S. senator from Arkansas. A Rhodes scholar and a lawyer, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1942 and entered the Senate in 1945. In 1946 he sponsored the Fulbright Act, which provided government grants for the international exchange of students and teachers. He was often critical of U.S. foreign policy, speaking out against the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961 and the armed intervention in the Dominican Republic in 1965. In the late 1960s he became a leading opponent of the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.
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