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Southern Oral History Program Interview Database
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    • A-0001
    • Arrington, Richard.
    • 18 July 1974
    • No restrictions. Open to research.
    • Richard Arrington, who three years after this interview would become the first African American mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, discusses race and politics in the American South and his nascent political career, which began with a seat on the...
    • A-0002
    • Baxley, William J., 1941-
    • July 9, 1974
    • No restrictions. Open to research.
    • Personal background; entry into politics; background and narration of his race for attorney general – how and why he won; personal and political philosophy; role of blacks in his department; potential candidates for governor; Brewer; Wallace –...
    • A-0003
    • Beasley, Jere.
    • July 15, 1974
    • No restrictions. Open to research.
    • The new, reapportioned legislature; power of the governor; lieutenant governor’s office; Beasley-Woods race; political background; political organization – his own and Wallace’s’; Senator Allen; role of organized labor; personal philosophy;...
    • A-0004
    • Blount, Winton M., 1921-
    • July 10, 1974
    • No restrictions. Open to research.
    • Political background; Republican party in Alabama; strategic problems in which races to run in and which not – Blount’s opinion on various mistakes; George Wallace; industrial development; future of Republican party – in Alabama and South;...
    • A-0005
    • Brewer, Albert P., 1928-
    • July 9, 1974
    • No restrictions. Open to research.
    • Characteristics of southerners; own political background; presidential vote since 1952, race in Alabama politics since Folsom; own position on race in 1970 campaign; leadership in Alabama and North Carolina; waterway project; effect of WWII on...
    • A-0006
    • Clemon, U. W., 1943-
    • 17 July 1974
    • No restrictions. Open to research.
    • Birmingham lawyer and politician U. W. Clemon describes his place in Birmingham politics and the city's continuing problems with race. Clemon discusses his membership on the Birmingham city council, the prospect of George Wallace joining the 1976...
    • A-0007
    • Ford, Johnny, 1942-
    • August 11, 1974
    • No restrictions. Open to research.
    • Political and employment background; mayoral administration and needs of Tuskegee; support from federal and state government for programs; endorsement of Nixon and Wallace; black political unity; Democratic and Republican parties in Alabama; Booker...
    • A-0008
    • Gomillion, Charles G. (Charles Goode), 1900-
    • July 11, 1974
    • No restrictions. Open to research.
    • Background; Gomillion vs. Lightfoot; circumstances surrounding activities in Macon county and Tuskegee; the crisis, 1954 to 1964; black activities; problems with registration; organizations developed; Alabama Democratic Conference; NAACP; Johnny...
    • A-0009
    • Grenier, John.
    • July 17, 1974
    • No restrictions. Open to research.
    • Background – political involvement; development of Republican party; why so little development since peak in 1966; characteristics of members of Republican party; internecine fight; religious fundamentalist element; ultraconservative element;...
    • A-0010
    • Heflin, Howell.
    • 9 July 1974
    • No restrictions. Open to research.
    • Howell Heflin, who sat on the Alabama State Supreme Court in the 1970s before a two-decade tenure in the Unites States Senate, discusses the post-segregation Alabama judiciary. The story is a familiar one: the persistent influence of race in a...
    • A-0011
    • Jenkins, Ray.
    • February 4, 1974
    • No restrictions. Open to research.
    • Discussion of the state of the Alabama Republican party; Factionalism in state Democratic party; the 1972 Senatorial race; Republican prospects in Alabama; Economic populism in Alabama; Wallace’s economic programs; Wallace and organized labor;...
    • A-0013
    • LeFlore, John L.
    • July 14, 1974
    • No restrictions. Open to research.
    • Reminiscences on background and status of blacks and civil rights in Alabama, Jim Crow and segregation, lynchings – things young blacks don’t know about; LeFlore’s career as reporter and postal worker; Nonpartisan Voters League of Mobile,...
    • A-0014
    • Martin, Harold Eugene, 1923-2007.
    • July 15, 1974
    • No restrictions. Open to research.
    • Wallace and the papers’ editorials –reaction therto, withdrawal of whiskey advertising from the papers; assessment of Wallace’s overall impact on state – lace of leadership, lack of programs, lack of administrative ability; free textbook...
    • A-0015
    • Nettles, Bert, 1936-
    • 13 July 1974
    • No restrictions. Open to research.
    • Bert Nettles discusses the state of politics and the Republican Party in Alabama in the 1970s. Nettles summarizes his past, the reasons he began his political career, and the political positions he had held up to that point. He spends a good deal...
    • A-0016
    • Parker, Alan, 1911-
    • June 11, 1974
    • No restrictions. Open to research.
    • Alan Parker, president of a bank, discusses his background; city and county offices in Tuskegee and reason for his selection; discussion of racial situation and attitudes in the mid-1960s; the Klan; how things have changed; the closing of the...
    • A-0017
    • Patterson, John.
    • June 12, 1974
    • No restrictions. Open to research.
    • State government, organization; effect of reapportionment on legislation – including increase in blacks; Wallace’s defeat in electing Democratic state committee chairman – significance, lack thereof; Wallace’s control of state politics; why...
    • A-0018
    • Pelham, Pierre.
    • July 13, 1974
    • No restrictions. Open to research.
    • Effect of reapportionment; came from politically active family; now tired of politics and getting out; on Wallace’s economic policies and his political prospects; Wallace’s record as governor; changing the tax structure; organization of state...
    • A-0019
    • Reed, Joe, 1938-
    • August 10, 1974
    • No restrictions. Open to research.
    • Personal background – involvement in civil rights movement; political background; Alabama Democratic Conference – history, structure, procedure for endorsing candidates; George Wallace and race and blacks; publicity of endorsements; unity...
    • A-0020
    • Reed, Thomas.
    • July 11, 1974
    • No restrictions. Open to research.
    • Political background; impact of 15 blacks in next state legislature--dissemination of information, voting patterns; will there be a black caucus? will reapportionment change nature of legislature? Alabama Democratic Conference and other black...
    • A-0021
    • Shores, Arthur D. (Arthur Davis), 1904-1996.
    • 17 July 1974
    • No restrictions. Open to research.
    • Birmingham politician Arthur Shores offers his thoughts on the intersection of race and politics in his home city. Shores sees significant progress in Birmingham since the violence of the 1960s--in part because of that violence-- and sees...

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