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Oral history interview with Herman Talmadge, July 29 and August 1, 1975

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Creator:Talmadge, Herman E. (Herman Eugene), 1913-2002
Creator:Nelson, Jack, 1929 Oct. 11-
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Herman Talmadge, July 29 and August 1, 1975
Date:1975 July 29-1975 Aug. 1

This is the second interview in a three-part series with Senator Herman Talmadge of Georgia. In the first interview, Talmadge focused primarily on his early career in politics and his tenure as governor of Georgia from 1948 to 1955. In this interview, Talmadge shifts his focus to his years in the United States Senate. First elected in 1956, Talmadge had just entered his fourth term at the time the interview was conducted in 1975. Talmadge begins by describing the 1964 schism in the Democratic Party. In explaining his belief that there was room for variation and diversity along the conservative-liberal spectrum in both major political parties, Talmadge contends that he never seriously considered leaving the Democratic Party during those years. In addition, Talmadge offers his assessment of key political figures. He compares the leadership styles and accomplishments of presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford, and he offers his perception of leaders such as George Wallace, Ralph Nader, George McGovern, and Eugene McCarthy. Throughout the interview, Talmadge pays particular attention to issues of civil rights, the environment, consumerism, and the growing relationship between television and politics. In addition, Talmadge offers his views on the role of federal government, the changing social problems facing Americans during the mid-1970s, and his reaction to the Watergate scandal and its impact on politics.

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Interview participants: Herman Talmadge, interviewee; Jack Nelson, interviewer.

This electronic edition is part of the UNC-Chapel Hill digital library, Documenting the American South. It is a part of the collection Oral histories of the American South.

Text encoded by Mike Millner. Sound recordings digitized by Aaron Smithers.

The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the aggregation and enhancement of partner metadata.

Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories | Sound | Text
Subjects:Watergate Affair, 1972-1974 | Wallace, George C. (George Corley), 1919-1998 | King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 | Talmadge, Herman E. (Herman Eugene), 1913-2002 | Democratic Party (Ga.) | Georgia--Politics and government | Press and politics--Georgia | School integration--Georgia | Legislators--United States | Politicians--Georgia | United States--Politics and government--1945-1989 | United States. Congress. Senate | Federal government--United States | Legislators--United States--Attitudes | Television and politics | United States, Georgia, 32.165622, -82.900075 | United States, 37.09024, -95.712891
Collection:Oral histories of the American South (Georgia selections)
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library
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