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Oral history interview with Carl Sanders, 1987 April 27

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Creator:Sanders, Carl Edward, 1925-
Creator:Steely, Mel
Creator:Fitz-Simons, Ted
Creator:University of West Georgia. Georgia Political Papers and Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Carl Sanders, 1987 April 27
Date:1987 Apr. 27
Description:

Carl Edward Sanders was born in Augusta, Georgia on May 15, 1925 and attended the University of Georgia until enlisting in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. After the war, he returned to school, earned a law degree and moved home to practice law and start a political career. In 1954, Sanders won a seat in the Georgia house as a Democrat representing his home town, and advanced to the state senate after one term. In the senate, he spent two years as floor leader for Governor Ernest Vandiver and two years as president pro tempore. In 1962 he was elected the nation's youngest governor at thirty-seven. Governor Sanders concentrated on education and the environment, as well as working with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson to comply with civil rights laws in a transition towards desegregation. He ran for governor again in 1970, but lost to Jimmy Carter. Sanders has remained active in law and business, as well as behind the scenes in politics, and currently resides in Atlanta.; Interviewed by Dr. Mel Steely and Ted Fitz-Simons on April 27, 1987, in Sanders' Atlanta office.; Sanders begins by noting the most important aides on his staff as well as describing what makes for a "strong" governor. He then goes into the "mechanics" of how he deposed George L. Smith, and the most important black leaders with whom he served. He spends some time discussing the impact of television during his campaign. Dr. Steely asks about education and university improvements throughout the state during his tenure, and he talks about his relationship with Mayor Ivan Allen and their cooperation. Sanders also goes into great detail about his relationships with the Kennedy brothers.

Types:oral histories (literary works) | moving images | MovingImage
Subjects:Arnall, Ellis Gibbs, 1907-1992 | King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 | Carter, Jimmy, 1924- | Sanders, Carl Edward, 1925---Interviews | Vandiver, S. Ernest (Samuel Ernest), 1918- | Allen, Ivan, 1877-1968 | Bernard, Dirk | Davis, Harold | Harper, John | Harris, Roy Vincent, 1895-1985 | Johnson, Leroy R., 1928- | Kennedy, John F.(John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 | Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 | Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968 | McGill, Ralph, 1898-1969 | Pattison, Eugene, 1923- | Russell, Richard B. (Richard Brevard), 1897-1971 | Smith, George Leon, 1912-1973 | Smith, George T. (George Thornewell), 1916- | Williams, Hosea, 1926- | Georgia--Politics and government--1865-1950 | Georgia--Politics and government--1951- | Governors--Georgia | Legislators--Georgia | University of Georgia--Alumni and alumnae | Lawyers--Georgia | Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority | Civil rights--Georgia | Civil rights--United States | Segregation--Georgia | Segregation--United States | Television and politics--Georgia | Television and politics--United States | Georgia. Dept. of Transportation | Fort Gordon (Ga.) | Georgia--Constitution | Georgia. General Assembly. House | Georgia. General Assembly. Senate | World War, 1939-1945--Veterans | United States, Georgia, 32.75042, -83.50018
Collection:Georgia Political Papers and Oral History Program
Institution:University of West Georgia Special Collections
Contributors:University of West Georgia. Special Collections
Original Material:

Georgia Political Papers and Oral History Program oral history interviews. Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library, State University of West Georgia

Carrollton, Ga. : University of West Georgia Special Collections in association with the Digital Library of Georgia

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Cite as: [interview title], Georgia Political Papers and Oral History Program oral history interviews. Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library, University of West Georgia

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