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John W. Greer oral history interview, 1987 May 27.

Author: John W Greer; Cliff Kuhn
Edition/Format:   Archival material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The collection consists of an oral history interview with John W. Greer on May 27, 1987 in which he discusses Jim Gillis and the Georgia highway department paving in Lanier County; "two mile" Jim Gillis; the power of the highway department; amending the highway department; roads; Cocking affair; Talmadge's influence; Greer as an anti-Talmadge candidate; E.D. Rivers-Eugene Talmadge rivalry; Talmadge and the
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Genre/Form: Oral history
Sound recording
Named Person: Walter D Cocking; Jim L Gillis; Fred Hand; George B Hamilton; Eugene Talmadge; Frank S Twitty; Jim L Gillis; Eugene Talmadge
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: John W Greer; Cliff Kuhn
OCLC Number: 38477651
Notes: Interviewed by Cliff Kuhn.
Related collections in this repository: John W. Greer oral history interviews May 6 and June 4, 1987, Series B: Public figures oral history collection.
Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.
Description: 1 audiotape ; cassette.
Other Titles: Georgia Government Documentation Project.

Abstract:

The collection consists of an oral history interview with John W. Greer on May 27, 1987 in which he discusses Jim Gillis and the Georgia highway department paving in Lanier County; "two mile" Jim Gillis; the power of the highway department; amending the highway department; roads; Cocking affair; Talmadge's influence; Greer as an anti-Talmadge candidate; E.D. Rivers-Eugene Talmadge rivalry; Talmadge and the University of Georgia; the Georgia Board of Regents; George Hamilton and Talmadge; the power of the state treasurer; the rivalry between comptroller general and the treasurer; George Hamilton; Talmadge faction; Zack Cravey as comptroller general; the Talmadge group: Frank Twitty, Fred Hand, Al Henson; Roy Harris as a Rivers man; Harris' knowledge of Georgia politics; intra-county power struggles; and personality politics.

Also changes in election laws and their effect on state elections; 1946 Talmadge-Carmichael governor's race; 1952 amendment to strengthen county unit system; Osgood Williams; why Greer fought the county unit system; reaction in Lanier County; changing senatorial districts; county factions; Fred Hand; southwest Georgia and its fealty to Talmadge; Greer's efforts to pass an anti-mask bill; KKK activity during anti-mask bill debates; politicians and the KKK; Greer's terms in the Senate; Sibley Commission; Sibley Commission's public hearings; racial epithets; black office holders; black registration in a small county; Lanier County; testing black voter registrants; and the Sibley hearings.

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