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Archival Research: Political Parties at the Richard B. Russell Library: Oral Histories

A guide for researching political parties at the Richard B. Russell Library.

Reflections on Georgia Politics

The Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection is a series of interviews with politically prominent Georgians conducted by Bob Short since 2007 in partnership with the Russell Library. There are currently over 160 interviews with Georgia politicians, lawyers, political activists, members of Congress and former governors of the state.

The interviews cover "politics and public life in modern Georgia, with a particular strength in gubernatorial contests, the Civil Rights movement, reapportionment, the development of Atlanta, the rise of the Republican party in Georgia, political journalism, and the interaction between religion and politics." The finding aid for this collection can be searched by name and date of interview.

About the Selected Oral Histories

The oral histories appearing in this guide were selected due to their special focus on Georgia party politics and their exceptional quality. Of particular interest are those interviews conducted with state party chairmen.

Chairmen of the GAGOP: Mack Mattingly, Billy Lovett, Rusty Paul, Chuck Clay, and Ralph Reed.

Chairmen of the DPG: Bert Lance, John Blackmon, Bobby Kahn, Jane Kidd, and DuBose Porter.

Kathy Ashe

Kathy Ashe changed political parties in 2001. Hear her explain why she made the switch in this interview recorded on July 14, 2010. To go directly to the section of her interview where she discusses switching parties, view the interview here.