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Georgia Government Documentation Project: B (I-M)

A guide to the Georgia Government Documentation Project oral history collection.

Series B. Public Figures I-M

Series B.  Public Figures (P2000-06)

The interviews in this series were, with a few exceptions, initiated by the Georgia Government Documentation Project and are with a wide range of prominent public figures.  Narrators include both elected officials and individuals who never held office.  Among the narrators interviewed are former U.S. Attorney General Griffin B. Bell, U.S. Senator Paul D. Coverdell, Speaker of the House Tom Murphy, and former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell.  Most of the interviews are in a life history format, covering the narrator's upbringing, public career, and key events, developments and individuals.

This series is very large and has been divided into three parts by alphabetically by last name. This page contains oral histories from Iaskson to Musgrove.

For Availability Information, see the Finding Aid.

Series B Oral Histories I-M

Isakson, Johnny (P1992-07)

Interviewed by: Thomas A. Scott

May 22, 1992

79 pp.

Johnny Isakson (b. 1944), from Cobb County, served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1977 to 1990.  He was a Republican candidate for governor in 1990, and a Republican candidate for the Senate in 1996 in the GA state primary. He won a US Senate seat in 2004. This interview is also deposited in the Cobb County Oral History Collection, Kennesaw State University.

Among topics discussed:  Family background; education; family values; University of Georgia experiences; choice of political party; importance of school desegregation; military experiences; real estate career; volunteer political work; subdivision development in East Cobb County; Ernest Barrett; Alton Crews; Carl Harrison; Isakson's 1974 campaign; campaign financing in 1974 and 1976; campaign tactics and issues; how Republicans succeeded in Cobb County; independent voters; Doug Howard; Republican organizers in Georgia; party in‑fighting; Paul Coverdell; voter turnout; legislative years; struggles as a Republican; differences between Republicans and Democrats; Joe Mack Wilson;  Cobb County manager legislation; Ernest Barrett; Tom Murphy; motor fuel tax control; accessibility of Joe Frank Harris; 1990 Isakson gubernatorial campaign; 1966 Bo Callaway gubernatorial campaign; Democratic control of Georgia; Isakson's first actions if he had won governor's race; Republican quest for black votes; the gender gap; Roy Barnes's gubernatorial campaign; cross‑over voting; future plans; Georgia's future.


Jacobs, Joe (P1991-01)

Interviewed by: Cliff Kuhn

August 15, 1990

51 pp.

Joe Jacobs has served as a labor lawyer in the South since 1929.  He has served as counsel for the Southeast Building Trades Conference, general counsel and southern director for the United Textile Workers of America, and southern counsel for the United Hatters, Cap and Millinery Workers, and the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, as well as being an active member of Workmen's Circle, a labor‑oriented Jewish fraternal order.

Among topics discussed:  Family background; parents background in Poland; emigration to Patterson, N.J.; subsequent migration to Birmingham; father's employment at ACIPCO; family name change from Yuskowitz to Jacobs; father's butcher business; Workmen's Circle; Hebrew school; move to New York in Jacobs' junior year of high school; father's union activity; recruitment of blacks in Birmingham to work in West Virginia mines as strikebreakers; the Morris Schwartz Theater; Labor Lyceum in Atlanta; return to Atlanta in 1924; Socialist Party.


Jacobs, Joe (P1991-01)

Interviewed by: Cliff Kuhn

October 22, 1990

45 pp.

Among topics discussed: Thomas Mines work experience; "installment houses"; working his way through Cornell; working summers at a Long Beach hotel; Jacob's education at Cornell; demonstrating against the ROTC; attendance at night law school; John McCallum; Workmen's Circle; Nathan Stolar; M.J. Merlin; United Textile Workers; prominent Jewish families in Atlanta.


Jacobs, Joe (P1991-01)

Interviewed by: L. Hough and Cliff Kuhn

March 6, 1991

79 pp.

Among topics discussed: The Depression in Atlanta; Worker's Alliance; attempt to organize the WPA; the Angelo Herndon case; Civilian Conservation Corps; Max Zaritsky; NIRA (The Blue Eagle); representation of unions; Standard Hat Plant; "The Vulture's Nest"; negotiations and organization in lady garment worker's industry; quotas in garment industry; teacher's union; David Dubinsky; CIO; AFL; Granite Cutters; Steel Workers; Butch Hathaway; Southern Bed Spring Company; Saul Klenburg Plant; Dalton tufted‑fabric manufacture; union activity in Dalton; Carl Karston; Allie Mann; prominent union leaders in Atlanta; J. Allen Couch; Cates family; Mary Barker; Maude Ireland; listing of local unions; Eva Galambos; Bill Green and the AFL‑CIO and John Lewis of the United Mine Workers.


Jacobs, Joe (P1991-01)

Interviewed by: Cliff Kuhn and Millie Beck

July 5, 1991

60 pp.

Among topics discussed:  Cases involving Section 7A, Title VII of the EEO; Taft‑Hartley Act; North American Rayon and American Bemburg plant; Childersburg, Alabama plant; Harold Dworet; Sylacauga; Beaunit; Greenville, Alabama; Hat Corporation of America; Carmen Lucia; G.D. Dunham, organizer for the AF of L; anti‑union activity; 1942 Convention of Hatters; Reform, Alabama IBEW plant; Tuscaloosa, Alabama Fuebtam plant; Rechtman, cap manufacturer from Detroit; Dan River Mills; Demopolis, Alabama; hand billing; Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Decatur, Alabama; organizing a flour mill; desegregation of union committees; U.S. Rubber Company textile mill at Winnsboro, South Carolina; segregated unions.


Jacobs, Joe (P1991-01)

Interviewed by: Cliff Kuhn and Millie Beck

July 12, 1991

80 pp.

Among topics discussed:  Lakewood auto strike of 1936; General Motors Fisher Body plant; Max Zaritsky; "dong" men; T.O. Sturdivant, Atlanta chief of police; David Dubinsky; Ralph McGill; the "scab" story; Tom West; "missionary speeches"; Noel Bedow; Simmons Bed Spring Company; "Vulture's Nest"; steel plant union organization; coal mines; Saul Klenburg plant; Workmen's Circle; Barney Firestone; Jacob's early residence in Atlanta; Joe Silver; Jewish experience in Russia in the early 1900s; Jewish "Shule"; "Shulervorwaltung"; Lewis Cenker; Merlin family; Carl Karston; German Jews; Socialist Party; segregated meetings; enforcement of segregation in Birmingham; G.H.W. Thomas; Ku Klux Klan; Mildred Kingloff; Sam Kingloff.


Jacobs, Joe (P1991-01)

Interviewed by: Cliff Kuhn and Millie Beck

August 16, 1991

100 pp.

Among topics discussed:  Bob Segal; Lithonia granite cutters strike; Davidson family; Judge Jim Davis; Steve Nance of ATU; Myles Horton of Highlander; David Dubinsky; Max Zaritzky; merger of Millinery Union and Hatter's Union; Winnsboro, South Carolina; anti‑union campaigns; George Googe; printer's union; National Labor Relations Board; E.L. "Abby" Abercrombie; Laundry Workers union organization; attempts to unionize cab drivers; National Linen Service; affiliation of Laundry Workers union with Teamsters; organization of laundry workers in Georgia; War Labor Board; Tony Valente; tactics used for obtaining wage increases; Herbert Haas; racially mixed unions; changes in black attitudes; Yellow Cab monopoly; Jacobs's disagreements with Abercrombie; Charlie Elrod; Harris Jacobs; IRS case against laundry workers union; Al Kehrer; First Union Bank; mob influence; international unions; TWUA; congressional committee that investigated union corruption; Lloyd Clennard; Bobby Kennedy; car rental deal; Tony Valente; George Meany; Alex Rose; government efforts to get Jacobs to testify against unions; Ethics Committee; "heresy" trials; Lloyd Clennard changes name to Roberts.


Johnson, Ben (P1992-08)

Interviewed by: Cliff Kuhn

March 13, 1992

44 pp.

Ben Johnson was first dean of the Georgia State University Law School from 1981 to 1985, and was professor and dean at Emory Law School 1946 to 1971, Assistant State Attorney General 1955 to 1961, and served in the Georgia Senate from 1962 to 1968.  This interview was done in conjunction with the tenth anniversary of Georgia State University Law School.

Among topics discussed:  Family background; affinity for Georgia State; William Suttles and Noah Langdale; law school in Georgia; Emory Law School; changes in requirements to sit for bar exam; Johnson becomes Dean of Emory Law School; Georgia State Business School legal studies; Dr. Spark's evening school; MARTA legislation; Atlanta Law School; reasons for the formation of a law school at Georgia State University; Ralph Baierd; opposition to GSU law school; public relations; law school accreditation; hiring faculty; curriculum; recruiting students.


May 26, 1992

45 pp.

Among topics discussed:  American Bar Association; American Association of Law Schools; Southern Regional Educational Board; desegregation of law schools; black attitudes towards study of the law; comparison of day and evening law schools; library acquisition; purpose of GSU law school; moot court competition; Loridans Foundation; Emory Law Day; Earl Warren's Emory visit; GSU Law Day; semester versus quarter system; student activity fee issue; interdisciplinary aspiration; relationship with Roger Miller; Mary Roberts.


Kidd, Culver (P1988-17)

Interviewed by: John Allen

October 3, 1988

17 pp.

Culver Kidd (1914-1995), from Baldwin County, served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1947 to 1952 and 1957 to 1962, and served in the Georgia Senate from 1963 to 1991.

Among topics discussed:  Family political background; personal background; military service; early political activity after WW II; county unit system in Baldwin County; Marion Innis; Dr. Richard Binyan; conditions at Central State Hospital (formerly Milledgeville State Hospital); three‑governor controversy; current plans for Central State Hospital; Committee on Institutions and Property.


Kidd, Culver (P1988-17)

Interviewed by: John Allen

October 20, 1988

45 pp.

Among topics discussed:  Talmadge Administration; term as Baldwin County Commissioner; Marvin Griffin's administration; opposition of Lieutenant Governor Ernest Vandiver to Griffin; Jim Gillis of the highway department; Roy Harris; race between Marvin Griffin and Carl Sanders; Kidd's position on Governmental Operations Committee (formerly EREG); Kidd's indictments; Judge Owens; Jimmy Carter as governor; Carter's plan for a Department of Human Resources; George Busbee's plan to reorganize DHR; campaign for lieutenant governor in 1962; problems of reapportionment in Kidd's senatorial district; 1962 campaign for Senate; Hugh Gillis; Peter Zack Geer; Denmark Groover and the "clock incident"; Maddox‑Calloway governor's race; Bobby Rowan and floor leader; 1970 governor's race; Carter as governor; executive versus legislative branch; the Henry Grady Hotel; legislative "gift‑giving" on the last night of the session; Kidd's last session; Kidd's views on  Miller‑Cleland race.


Lee, Bill (P1988-10)

Interviewed by: Bradley Rice

May 9, 1988

54 pp.

Bill Lee (b. 1925), from Clayton County, has served in the Georgia House of Representatives from since 1957.

Among topics discussed:  Personal background; early interest in politics; Gene Talmadge's barbecues, first campaign; governor's role (late 1950s); charges of patronage in Griffin administration; Ernest Vandiver as governor; desegregation; Georgia's reapportionment in early 1960s; effect on Clayton County; reaction of House of Representatives to first elected blacks since reconstruction; demise of the county unit system; relationship with Governor Carl Sanders; 1966 governor's race; reassertion of General Assembly's independence after 1966 campaign; Stone Mountain Inn conferences; Republican Party in Georgia in the late 1960s; committees Lee served on; House Rules Committee; flag change controversy; the "Green Door" (budget) committee; budget staff; Governors Sanders, Maddox, Carter and Busbee and their relationships with the General Assembly; Carter's reorganization plan; Jimmy Carter's administrative style; Democratic Caucus; Tom Murphy as Speaker; the Urban Caucus; Atlanta and the General Assembly; Joe Mack Wilson; reapportionment; Clayton County Development; Lee's role in establishing a college in Clayton County; MARTA and Clayton County; public concern over MARTA; Mountain View charter controversy; Quality Basic Education; constitutional revisions; Lee's reputation as "House jester"; the Atlanta newspapers; association with Southern Railway; ethics in the General Assembly; major changes to legislature since late 1950s.


Linder, Tom Jr. (P1978-09)

Interviewed by: Gary Fink

November 8, 1978

No Transcript

Tom Linder, Jr. served as project director of the Reorganization and Management Improvement Study during Governor Jimmy Carter's administration in the early 1970s.

Among topics discussed:  Reorganization project; George Kaiser; Jimmy Carter's involvement; effects of reorganization; study group process; study group conflicts; Dept of Education; data processing reforms; opposition to reorganization; legislative approval; public awareness; Peter Banks. Among topics discussed:  Georgia Jaycees; League of Women Voters; after leaving Carter administration; before working for Governor Carter; 1966 impressions of Carter; appointment by Jimmy Carter; working for the governor; Frank Vincent; reorganization process; Goals For Georgia; Kirby Winters; Sam Nunn. Among topics discussed:  Reorganization and Goals For Georgia; Hamilton Jordan and Jody Powell; opposition and compromise; assessment of Governor Jimmy Carter; personality of Jimmy Carter.


Lokey, Hamilton and Muriel (P1989-22)

Interviewed by: Catherine Foster

January 26, 1989

106 pp

Hamilton (1910-1996) and Muriel Lokey were interviewed together. Hamilton Lokey, from Fulton County, served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1953 to 1957.  Muriel Lokey was one of the founding members of Help Our Public Education (HOPE).

SEE also "The Low Key Life of Hamilton Lokey" manuscript.

Among topics discussed:  Climbing Mt. Rainier; 1953 campaign for legislature; the "Courthouse Ring" and organized labor; Cicero Kendrick; J. Allen Couch's public indecency; introduction to politics; implementing the Plan of Improvement; county unit system; Fred Hand; City of Atlanta in DeKalb County; issue of combining Atlanta and Fulton County; Bill Hartsfield; Helen Bullard; James Mackay and the Interposition Resolution; country politicians vote to keep their jobs; Atlanta school desegregation; Hartsfield and the press; 3:00 A.M. phone call to Roy Harris; Coastal Plains Committee; two new judges for Fulton Superior Court; helping rural legislators; Belle Watling; Randolph Hearst; war time service; 1962 reapportionment law suit; Robert Toombs; investiture of Prince of Wales; Henry Bowden brings desegregation lawsuit; Helen Douglas Mankin; Hamilton Douglas; family background; organizing HOPE; Muggsy Smith; Helen Bullard; Hamilton doesn't involve himself in HOPE's positions; "Fill the Tower with HOPE" rally;  HOPE's relationship with Bill Hartsfield; HOPE as a growing process for participants; Harry Boyte; meeting participation; Frances Breeden takes over after Boyte; reaction to HOPE's programs; Beverly Long and public relations incidents; HOPE is monitored by business interests; Betty Harris funding; the Southern Regional Council; Sylvan Meyer; Ernest Vandiver; Griffin Bell and the Sibley Commission; John Sibley; League of  Women Voters; HOPE tactics; Atlanta Committee for International Visitors; Emmaus House, Poverty Rights office; Dorothy Tilly; Morris Abram‑Jim Davis congressional race (1954); Jim Davis; Margaret McDougall; Glenn Frick; family background.


Mackay, James (P1986-01)

Interviewed by: Cliff Kuhn

March 18, 1986

59 pp.

James Mackay (1919-2004) served in the Georgia House of Representatives 1951 to 1953 and 1955 to 1965, and was the 4th District U. S. Representative in Congress from 1965 to 1967. 

SEE also George Goodwin party (Goodwin, Mackay, and Bea Haas) interview in series G.

Among topics discussed:  Family background; City of Zion religious community; family's political activity; Ku Klux Klan; family life; values; educational background; attraction to politics; feelings about war and freedom; segregation in Georgia; Ralph Bunche; Tom Teepen; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Max Cleland; dirty tricks; Dorothy Tilly; Jimmy Carmichael; the Talmadges; "B" Brooks and Ed Friend; changing DeKalb County; Coast Guard service in WW II; Tom Murphy and terms in the state legislature; Cocking affair; Herman Talmadge; running for president of the United States; Rosenwald Foundation grant to study Georgia politics; 1946 black registration in Atlanta; William Holmes Borders; support for Gary Hart; money in American politics; heroes and villains.


Mackay, James (P1986-01)

Interviewed by: Cliff Kuhn

March 31, 1986

45 pp.

Among topics discussed:  Georgia Veterans for Majority Rule; 1950 race against Ben Smith; political opposition; 1952 Mel Turner race; 1934 Atlanta mayoral race; efforts to end county unit system; Della Andrews and the Society for the Preservation of the Supremacy of the White Race; Morris Abram; Neill Primary Act; campaign strategies and issues; Plan of Improvement; Mackay's defeat; Jim Davis; learning the ropes as a new legislator; toll‑road blacklist; Mills Lane; corporation control of Georgia; A. T. Walden; Wiley Moore; Henry Grady Hotel; white primary; Andrew Young; the media; The Statesman; Morris Abram‑Jim Davis congressional race (1954); Loretta Chappell; Herman Talmadge.


Maddex, James L. (P1978-10)

Interviewed by: Gary Fink

December 7, 1978


James Maddex was involved in Jimmy Carter's state government reorganization plan.

Among topics discussed:  Involvement in the Carter reorganization study; government agencies involved in reorganization; prison reform; Jim McIntyre; legal aspects of reorganization; Bill Roper; chain of command; Jimmy Carter; volunteers for study; business and government coalition; budget considerations; Ellis McDougal; comparison of study teams and department heads; criminal justice department; Ernest Vandiver; pressure to combine agencies; Carter and Ben Fortson; Sam Caldwell; "B" Brooks; state library; Carter's attention to details; Carter's defense of reorganization plan; George T. Smith; plan's supporters in the General Assembly; public relations; judicial system; reform; Tom Linder, Jr.; Bill Nash; "Goals for Georgia"; Maddex's opinion of the effectiveness of the study; criminal justice; Human Resources Agency; Maddex's opinion of Carter's administration.


Maloof, Manuel (P1994-03)

Interviewed by: David Nordan

June 13, 1994

31 pp.

Manuel Maloof (1924-2004), a DeKalb County politician and tavern operator, was former chief executive officer of the DeKalb County Commission.

Among topics discussed:  Early political career; election to DeKalb County Commission; demographic changes in DeKalb county; family background; father's career; early life; Leo Frank; segregation, discrimination, and anti‑Catholicism in pre‑WWII Atlanta; minority representation in politics; James L. Key; "wide open" Atlanta; political corruption; William B. Hartsfield; Plan of Improvement; Shag Cates; Mills B. Lane; Ivan Allen; early black politicians and policemen; desegregation; Atlanta airport; Lake Lanier; W.W. II experiences and marriage; county unit system; early business ventures; Manuel's Tavern; early political involvement; population growth in DeKalb County; Community Relations Commission; minority political involvement; merit system; CEO of DeKalb County Commission; Grady Hospital; MARTA; Ernest Barrett; Scott Candler; county water and sewer development; Jim Mackay; Charlie Weltner; Eugene Talmadge; Ellis Arnall; Marvin Griffin; Georgia reaction to Brown v. Board of Education; Jim Cherry; John Sibley; Carl Sanders; Lester Maddox; Bo Callaway; DeKalb County arrest of Martin Luther King; Herman Talmadge; John Lewis; desegregation of the University of Georgia; Andrew Young; Maynard Jackson; Vernon Jordan; Julian Bond; political changes from the '40s and '50s to the '60s, '70s, and '80s; Ralph McGill; Jimmy Carter; Thurgood Baker.



Maloof, Manuel (P1994-03)

Interviewed by: David Nordan

June 15, 1994

51 pp.

Among topics discussed:  Growth, development of DeKalb County; minority migration to south DeKalb in '70's; Community Relations Commission (CRC); use of media to encourage government action; growth in minority participation in DeKalb politics; Grady Hospital; MARTA; merit system; CEO form of government; DeKalb County government reform referendum; Grady Hospital; MARTA; Atlanta Regional Commission; Ernest Barrett; Growth Strategies Commission; consolidation of government services;  Scott Candler; early DeKalb County government; water and sewer development; industrial growth; James Mackay; Charles Weltner; Fletcher Thompson; Ben Blackburn; 1966 Congressional election; Gene Talmadge; Ed Rivers; Ellis Arnall; Marvin Griffin; County Unit System; Morris Abrams; Sibley Commission; 1962 Governor election; Ellis Arnall write‑in campaign; George L. Smith; Carl Sanders; Martin Luther King, DeKalb County jail incident (1960); shift in Southern black vote from Republican party to Democrats; Leroy Johnson; John Lewis; University of Georgia riot over integration; Maynard Jackson; Andrew Young; Julian Bond; ethnic diversity in Atlanta; Hamilton Lokey; James Dean; Thurgood Baker.


McCurdy, Julius (P1988-19)

Interviewed by: Cliff Kuhn

November 21, 1988

53 pp.

Julius McCurdy was a DeKalb County attorney from 1936 to 1953, and served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1944 to 1946.

Among topics discussed:  Personal background; schooling; appointed county attorney; Decatur water system development; water contract between Druid Hills and the city of Atlanta; WPA; building DeKalb General Hospital; Hughes Spalding; Country O'Neal; Scott Candler; Jim Cherry as superintendent of schools; higher educational institutions located in DeKalb Country; Arthur Raper; state acquisition of Jekyll Island and Stone Mountain;  Venable brothers; Stone Mountain Inn; Lester Maddox; early 1950s tax equalization program; changes in DeKalb County; the race issue in DeKalb County; Ku Klux Klan march in 1930s; DeKalb Civic League; one‑man commissioner; Wheat Williams; McCurdy as president of Savings and Loan Association; Hugh McWhorter; duplication of services between DeKalb and Atlanta; McCurdy as head of Georgia Judicial Studies Commission; Robin Harris; relationship between DeKalb County and other governments; MARTA; bond issues; black voters in DeKalb County; effect of county unit system on DeKalb; DeKalb County growth.


Murphy, Tom (P1988-08)

Interviewed by: Cliff Kuhn


Tom Murphy (1924-2007), from Haralson County, served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1961 to 2002, and served as Speaker of the House from 1973 until his defeat in 2002.


March 28, 1988

29 pp.

Among topics discussed:  Father and brother's influence;  early political career; white primary; World War II; criminal law; differences with Sanders administration; General Assembly gaining independence from the governor; floor leader for Lester  Maddox; Democratic Caucus;  George L. Smith; 1970 governor's race; disaffection with Governor Carter; Carter's reorganization of state government; the "Green Door" (budget) committee; run for Speaker Pro Tem; initiatives as Pro Tem; running for Speaker; methods of running legislature.

May 5, 1988

50 pp.

Among topics discussed:  Two‑railroad controversy in 7th district; brother and  father's role with Central Georgia railroad; impact of Ellis Arnall write‑in campaign on 1966 governor's race; 1970's reapportionment of Georgia legislature; George L. Smith; impact of reapportionment on rural Georgia; speaker Pro-Tem election; majority leader election vs. Busbee; Murphy role in MARTA bill; World Congress Center; "two‑Georgia" philosophy; role in mixed drink  legislation; initiatives as Speaker; impact of television on legislature; 1972 bout with hepatitis; Murphy‑Burruss election; the "three C's" amendment‑Castleberry, Collins, and Connell; 1976  differences between House and Senate over DOT and tax measures; the "Green Door" (budget) committee; budget debates; problems with other state legislatures; ideas for improving operation of State governments.


Musgrove, Downing (1988-20)

Interviewed by: Jane W. Herndon


Downing Musgrove (d. 1995) served as executive secretary to Gov. E.D. Rivers from 1937 to 1940, and held other government positions including comptroller general and revenue commissioner   He also served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1951 to 1960, and was on the highway board from 1970 to 1975.

SEE also Musgrove interview in series M.


October 1, 1988

42 pp.

Among topics discussed:  Helps E. D. Rivers's 1932 election; resistance to New Deal programs; old age pension clubs; Rivers's 1936 election; Rivers's programs and financial problems; Lint Miller; Rivers's character; Rivers as campaigner; Rivers's differences with Atlanta newspapers; education; county unit system; experience as a legislative page; Roy Harris; campaign managers; women in Rivers's campaigns; 1946 governor's race; political positions held by Musgrove; the Highway Commission; Corridor Z; Presidential Parkway; importance of roads to politics; Jim Gillis; Red Townsend; three‑governor controversy; poll tax; Roy Harris.


October 2, 1988

117 pp.

Among topics discussed:  Firing of Lint Miller by Rivers; Lint Miller family; pardon scandals; Hiram Evans's Ku Klux Klan activities; Evans and the highway department; solicitor general John A. Boykin; lottery; Pat Avery; John Spivey; E. D. and Lucille Rivers's twenty‑fifth wedding anniversary; 1946 governor's race; campaign fund raising; education; rural electric service; Senator Walter George; Fred Scott; Fred Wilson; 1936 governor's race; kudzu; pipeline fight; Georgia Power influence; influential House speakers; George Smith; school closing issue; Sibley Commission; Grace Hamilton; legislators that Musgrove remembers with fondness; liquor sale issue; differences between E. D. Rivers and M. E. Thompson and the Talmadges; the transportation board; Jim Gillis fight with Jimmy Carter; Tom Moreland; pardon scandal; Musgrove executor of Rivers's estate; family's interest in politics; life after politics; politics in rural counties; Klan members; Ellis Arnall; the Depression; John Greer; Ellis Arnall differences with E. D. Rivers; Young Harris people; Roy Harris; race issue in 1946 campaign; Cocking affair; influential lobbies; bonding program; Milledgeville; Hospital Authority; prisons; education; Tom Perdue; Highway Department; Eugene Talmadge's  campaign style; President Roosevelt at Warm Springs.

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