Growing Up on the Great Plains
Ulyatt examines the ideas that shaped Theodore Sorensen’s concept of public service and how they influenced his life and work. The chapter explores the origins and early development of Sorensen’s views about the role of public servants, which informed his later work with John F. Kennedy. It charts Sorensen’s early life in Nebraska, where his experiences rooted him in the liberal progressive tradition. The chapter also explores the influence that Christian and Annis Sorensen, and Nebraska Senator George W. Norris, exerted over Theodore’s understanding of politics, including the commitment to justice and equality that was central to his ideas about public service.
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