- Oral histories of the American South (Georgia selections)
- Oral history interview with Herman Talmadge, July 29 and August 1, 1975
- Talmadge, Herman E. (Herman Eugene), 1913-2002
- Contributor to Resource:
- Nelson, Jack, 1929 Oct. 11-
Southern Oral History Program
- Date of Original:
- Democratic Party (Ga.)
Georgia--Politics and government
Press and politics--Georgia
United States--Politics and government--1945-1989
United States. Congress. Senate
Federal government--United States
Television and politics
- Watergate Affair, 1972-1974
Wallace, George C. (George Corley), 1919-1998
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Talmadge, Herman E. (Herman Eugene), 1913-2002
- United States, 39.76, -98.5
United States, Georgia, 32.75042, -83.50018
oral histories (literary works)
- 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.
Title from menu page (viewed on August 28, 2008).
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.
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- Contributing Institution:
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library