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State Senator Jesse Knowles Profile (1979)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1979-06-15

Duration: 00:07:40

Subjects: Elections, 1979 | Louisiana lieutenant gubernatorial election, 1979 | Politics | Knowles, Jesse Monroe, 1919-2006 | RIGHT TO WORK | World War II | Veterans | Prisoner of war | Bataan Death March, Philippines, 1942 | State legislators


  • George, Beth Host
  • Knowles, Jesse Monroe Interviewee


This segment from the June 15, 1979, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a profile of State Senator Jesse Knowles, a candidate for Lieutenant Governor. During World War II, Knowles survived the Bataan Death March and forty months as a Prisoner of War (POW) in Manchuria. He discusses his voting record and philosophy as a state legislator, his grassroots support, his support of right to work, the impact of his experience in World War II in shaping his philosophy, and how he would work with the new governor, if elected. Host: Beth George