Terry Sanford served as governor of North Carolina from 1961 to 1965, president of Duke University from 1969 to 1985, and was a U.S. senator from 1986 to 1993. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 1972 and 1976. He was a leader in education, civil rights advocacy, and progressive politics in the South. Sanford was interviewed by Professors William Ascher, William Chafe, and Ole Holsti on January 24, 1995. In this interview they discuss Sanford’s work in public education, the fight against poverty, and his multiple campaigns for office. The interview was transcribed by Heather Zhou and Tiancheng Chang.