Nation: Young on the Record

When Congressman Andrew Young stepped out of the Cessna that carried him from Plains to Atlanta, only three hours after the announcement of his appointment, he was anything but ebullient. Rather, in an exclusive interview conducted in a back room of Hangar One with TIME'S Atlanta bureau chief, Rudolph S. Rauch III, he was deeply thoughtful, almost somber.

What had made him reconsider his earlier decision to decline the U.N. post? "My attitude changed while I was at a conference in Lesotho earlier this month with representatives of about 27 African nations. Everywhere there was such a great expectation about the...

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