Historical society releases book on McGovern legacy One of the most significant political figures in America today, George McGovern has earned respect worldwide. Born and raised in South Dakota, he developed here the strong moral convictions that made him a political legend.
George McGovern: A Political Life, a Political Legacy, a new book by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press, contains nine essays that explore the triumphs and struggles that shaped this extraordinary man and provide new insights into his career and legacy of public service.
From his World War II experiences in the U.S. Army Air Forces, to his 1972 presidential campaign and his contributions as a global ambassador on hunger, McGovern played a powerful role in American history and politics during the 20th century. He worked to revitalize the Democratic party at the state and national levels. He gave voice to American war protests during the Vietnam era and led the Middle East Policy Council.
Founding director of Food for Peace during the Kennedy Administration and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000, McGovern is currently U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Agencies.
"Publishing books about people such as George McGovern is another way for the State Historical Society to expand peoples' knowledge about the history of South Dakota, which is part of the 2010 Initiative," said Jay D. Vogt, director of the State Historical Society.
George McGovern: A Political Life, a Political Legacy is being released in conjunction with the 2004 McGovern Center Conference at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, scheduled for Nov. 9. The book will be available at the conference. It can also be ordered from the SDSHS Press at (605) 773-6009 or www.sdhistory.org/rp/rp_p ress.htm.