Harold Ford Jr.

Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, Harold Ford Jr. inherited quite the political legacy. Son of Representative Harold Ford Sr., nephew to state senator John N. Ford, and grandson of a community organizer and funeral home owner N.J. Ford, he belonged to one of the most well-known families in state politics. When his father retired from the US House of Representatives in 1996, Ford ran to replace him and won, becoming the youngest representative at 26 years old. In 2006, he ran for US Senate in Tennessee and lost to Republican Bob Corker. Associate Professor of Political Science and African and African-American Studies Kerry Haynie interviewed Ford on October 22, 2008 as part of a series looking at the new generation of black politicians. In this interview, they discuss his family's legacy and campaigning at such a young age, as well as the upcoming 2008 election and how it reveals generational divides.

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