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Oral history interview with Howell Heflin, July 9, 1974

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Creator:Heflin, Howell
Creator:Bass, Jack
Creator:De Vries, Walter
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Howell Heflin, July 9, 1974
Date:1974 July 9

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 slowly changing environment. In the first half of the interview, Heflin describes some recent judicial reforms and his discomfort with the fact that judges must campaign for their seats. He worries that judges might be tempted to rule in favor of contributors. In the second half, Heflin turns to racial politics and comments on George Wallace and Barry Goldwater, as well as observing the arrival of a new generation of so-called activist judges taking the bench across the country.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Heflin, Howell | Wallace, George C. (George Corley), 1919-1998 | Alabama--Politics and government | Alabama--Race relations | Courts--Alabama | Alabama. Supreme Court | Racism--Political aspects--Alabama | Political questions and judicial power--Southern States | Judges--Alabama | Judges--Alabama--Elections | United States, Alabama, 32.318231, -86.902298
Collection:Oral Histories of the American South: The Civil Rights Movement
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project)
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