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Roy Barnes oral history interviews, 1990 October 26

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Creator: Barnes, Roy E. (Roy Eugene), 1948-
Kuhn, Cliff
Bost, William L.
Title: Roy Barnes oral history interviews, 1990 October 26
Date: 1990 June 12 | 1990 Sept. 19
Description: Local identification number: Barnes, R_19901005_(1990-13)

Roy Barnes (b. 1948), from Cobb County, served in the Georgia Senate from 1975 to 1991, and was a candidate in the 1990 Democratic gubernatorial primary. He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1992 where he served before winning the 1998 Gubernatorial election to become the 80th governor of Georgia. He lost the Governorship in 2002 and returned to his legal career, before attempting a political comeback in 2010 with a failed attempt to re-capture the governorship

Among topics discussed: Family background; education; early legal career; King and Spalding; changes in legal profession; the Georgia Bar Association; Ernest Vandiver; Robert Jordan; Vandiver's 1954 lieutenant governor campaign; King and Spalding support for Fred Hand in 1954 governor's race; protecting clients' interests; potential governors in the late 1950s; "No, not one" decision; Cooper v. Aaron; Bell becomes Governor Vandiver's chief of staff; Holcombe Perry; school desegregation; Bell's role in creating the Sibley Commission; George Busbee; HOPE; changes in black leadership; meetings during the University desegregation crisis; 1960 Democratic National Convention; Bobby Troutman; Bell's role as Georgia Kennedy campaign co-chair; presidential campaign tactics in Georgia; Kennedy supporters in Georgia; Martin Luther King, Jr.'s arrest; Bobby Kennedy involvement in King case; Kennedy campaign organization; county unit system decision while Bell on bench; redistricting cases; importance of school desegregation issue to the public; Bell's view of solution to desegregation issue. Among topics discussed: Vandiver's appointees; war experience; Atlanta law firms after WW II; Judge Hooper; rural roads controversy; desegregation issue in Atlanta; school closure issue; "Forward Atlanta"; Atlanta's highway system; starting idea of mass transit in Atlanta; how Bell became chief of staff to Vandiver; staff selection; opposition to Bell; Brown v. Board of Education; C. Vann Woodward's testimony; free textbooks; single school plan (desegregation); Sibley Commission; Bell's confirmation hearings; appointment of Judge Robert Elliott; voting rights violations in Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Voting Rights Act; Bell's judicial philosophy; Bell as chairman of the Atlanta Commission on Crime and Juvenile Delinquency; Federal Judicial Center; Neighborhood Justice Center; work on Criminal Code; parole system; Federal Justice I; jury system; diversity jurisdiction; addition of a court of appeals between the circuit courts and the US Supreme Court; pre-trial discovery abuses; summary procedure; Judge John R. Brown; Judge Elbert Tuttle.

Subjects: Term limits (Public office)--Georgia | Governors--Georgia | Lotteries--Law and legislation--Georgia | Talmadge, Eugene, 1884-1946 | Georgia. General Assembly. House of Representatives | Harris, Joe Frank | Georgia. General Assembly. Committee on Schools | Miller, Zell, 1932- | Republican Party (Ga.) | Democratic Party (Fulton County, Ga.);Barnes, Roy E. (Roy Eugene), 1948-
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Related Materials: Georgia Government Documentation Project | Barnes, Roy E., Interviewed by Thomas A. Scott, 26 October 1990, P1990-13, Series B. Public Figures, Georgia Government Documentation Project, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library, Atlanta.
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