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Maddox, Lester oral history interview, 1988 November 22 and 1989 July 26

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Creator: Maddox, Lester, 1915-2003
Allen, John
Title: Maddox, Lester oral history interview, 1988 November 22 and 1989 July 26
Date: 1988 Nov. 22, 1989 July 26
Description: Local identification number: Maddox, L_19881122_(P1989-11)

Lester Maddox (1915-2003) served as governor of Georgia from 1967 to 1971, and as lieutenant governor from 1971 to 1975.

Among topics discussed: Childhood memories; family background; childhood business dealings; Home Park Elementary School; heroes; Depression era; black/white neighborhood relations; memories of parents; religious influence; Franklin Roosevelt; WPA work; Virginia Maddox; working at Atlantic Steel; Bessemer Galvanizing Works; attack at Pearl Harbor; work injury ; return to Atlanta; Bell Aircraft; first restaurant; sale of restaurant; buying grocery store; becoming a real estate agent; 1945 auto accident; the Pickrick Restaurant; desegregation; Harry Truman; Dwight Eisenhower; Earl Warren; Pickrick ads; politics; William Hartsfield; 1957 mayoral campaign ; Archie Lindsay; the Bloody Fifth ward; 1988 presidential campaign; Governor Michael Dukakis; serving as governor; 1961 mayoral campaign; Atlanta law enforcement; racial segregation; George Wallace; Ivan Allen; Mills Lane; Jim Aldredge; Charlie Brown; Muggsy Smith; grand jury service; 1962 lieutenant governor campaign; statewide campaigning; media coverage during campaign; Governor Joe Frank Harris; 1966 governor's race; James Gray; efforts to persuade Maddox to withdraw from campaign; raising campaign funds; campaign goes to legislature; philosophy as governor; appointments; "People's Day"; impressions of Jimmy Carter; Tommy Irvin; Morgan Redwine; assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.; Maddox seeks 1968 Democratic presidential nomination; Democratic liberalism; record as governor; penal system reform; sales tax increases; term as lieutenant governor; Jimmy Carter; opposition to Carter; Carter's tactics as governor; reorganization; strong local government; Carter as president; 1974 governor's race; salary increases; state merit system; 1988 presidential campaign; Democratic Party; Sam Nunn; Joe Frank Harris.

Subjects: Race relations | School integration--Georgia | Segregation | Political campaigns--Georgia | Fund raising | Georgia. Governor | Georgia. General Assembly. Committee on Schools | Maddox, Lester, 1915-2003
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Related Materials: Georgia Government Documentation Project | Maddox, Lester, Interviewed by John Allen, 22 November 1988 & 26 July 1989, P1988- 22, Series A. Georgia Governors, Georgia Government Documentation Project, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library, Atlanta.
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