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S. Ernest Vandiver oral history interviews, 1994 January 25

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Creator: Vandiver, S. Ernest (Samuel Ernest), 1918-
Kuhn, Cliff
Title: S. Ernest Vandiver oral history interviews, 1994 January 25
Date: 1994 Jan. 25
Description: Local identification number: Vandiver, ES_19940125_(P1994-02)

S. Ernest Vandiver (1918-2005) served as lieutenant governor from 1955 to 1959 and as governor of Georgia from 1959 to 1963. He unsuccessfullly ran for US Senate, losing to Sam Nunn in 1972.

Among topics discussed: March on the Capitol; Sibley Commission; Judge Sibley; Griffin Bell; Herman Talmadge; Marvin Griffin; meeting with John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson; Vandiver's experience with National Guard; role of Bobby Kennedy in 1960 presidential election; return of Martin Luther King to Georgia in 1960; 1960 meeting of Southern governors; effect of Atlanta sit-ins on presidential election; Vandiver's communication with Mayor Hartsfield; Vandiver meeting with Herman Talmadge and black leaders; controversy surrounding Judge Mitchell's revocation of King's probation; intervention of Senator Kennedy; Bob Russell; George Stewart; legal issues; Bobby Kennedy phone call to Mitchell; impact on presidential election; Charlie Pou's Atlanta Journal article; 1972 Senate race between Vandiver, David Gambrell, Sam Nunn; Vandiver association with George Stewart; Stewart and Mitchell meeting with Bobby Kennedy; Theodore White's investigation of Kennedy-King affair; Vandiver's governorship; desegregation of schools; end of county unit system; desegregation of University of Georgia.

Subjects: Lieutenant governors--Georgia | Race relations | School integration--Law and legislation--Georgia | African Americans--Civil rights--Georgia | King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 | United States. National Guard Bureau | Atlanta journal-constitution | Georgia. General Assembly. Committee on Schools | Georgia. Governor | United States. Congress. Senate | Vandiver, S. Ernest (Samuel Ernest), 1918-
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Related Materials: Georgia Government Documentation Project | Vandiver, Ernest, Interviewed by Clifford Kuhn, 25 January 1994, P1994-02, Series A. Georgia Governors, Georgia Government Documentation Project, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library, Atlanta.
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