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De Vries, Walter

Works: 41 works in 68 publications in 1 language and 3,042 library holdings
Genres: Interviews 
Roles: Interviewer
Classifications: F216.2, 320.97504
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The transformation of southern politics : social change and political consequence since 1945 by Jack Bass ( Book )
12 editions published between 1976 and 1995 in English and held by 1,503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Chapters cover each Southern state, plus material on Republican Party, black politics, and organized labor
The ticket-splitter : a new force in American politics by Walter De Vries ( Book )
9 editions published between 1972 and 1986 in English and held by 804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Checked and balanced : how ticket-splitters are shaping the new balance of power in American politics by V. Lance Tarrance ( Book )
4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Michigan lobbyist a study in the bases and perceptions of effectiveness by Walter De Vries ( )
5 editions published between 1960 and 1974 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Oral history interview with Moon Landrieu, January 11, 1974 interview A-0089, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Moon Landrieu ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Moon Landrieu served as the Democratic mayor of New Orleans from 1970 to 1978. During his tenure, he worked to instigate sweeping changes in race relations, including the appointment of African Americans to serve in various public capacities. In this interview, Landrieu discusses changes in New Orleans politics since 1948, placing particular emphasis on the growing importance of the "black vote." Elected mayor in 1970 with 95 percent of the black vote, Landrieu explains how his administration was responsible for some of the more radical changes in the changing racial landscape of New Orleans politics. For Landrieu, campaigns for voter registration and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were especially powerful harbingers of change in Southern politics. In addition, Landrieu talks about the role of black political organizations; the likelihood of establishing an enduring Populist Coalition that could unite blue-collar whites and African Americans as a powerful political constituency; the relational nature between city politics and state politics; and the role of corruption in political matters
Oral History Interview with Jimmy Carter [exact date unavailable], 1974 Interview A-0066. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Jimmy Carter ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Jack Bass and Walter De Vries talk with then-Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter about the unique aspects of Southern politics, the viability of the Democratic Party, the importance of citizen participation, and the changes brought on by the Civil Rights Movement. Carter argues that the Democratic Party is recovering from the backlash against President Johnson and will overtake the Republican Party in many state elections in the coming years. Carter suggests several ways that Southern politics have changed for the better since the Civil Rights Movement and the Voting Rights Act, specifically in a noticeable shift toward pleasing voters rather than local business leaders. He argues that citizens' desire for personal contact with politicians, experience with social change, and religious beliefs give Southern politics unique traits that will soon affect United States politics in general
Oral history interview with Andrew Young, January 31, 1974 interview A-0080, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Andrew Young ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Andrew Young was the first African American Georgia congressman since Reconstruction. First elected in 1972, Young was later appointed as ambassador to the United Nations by Jimmy Carter. Prior to his career in politics, Young grew up in New Orleans, was educated at Howard University, and then attended Hartford Seminary in the mid 1950s. Young returned to the South after seminary and became involved in the early civil rights movement in Georgia, where he worked as a minister for several years. In this interview, Young discusses the nature of racial discrimination in the South and describes his involvement in voter registration drives. Throughout the interview, he draws comparisons between race relations within Southern states and those between the North and South. According to Young, it was access to political power that ultimately altered the tides of racial prejudice in the South. He cites the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as a decisive turning point in race relations. For Young, it was the election of African Americans to positions of power that allowed African Americans to bring to fruition other advances they had made in education, business, and social standing
Oral history interview with Lindy Boggs, January 31, 1974 interview A-0082, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Lindy Boggs ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lindy Boggs discusses her involvement in Louisiana politics dating back to the 1930s, when she was involved in the People's League during her years in law school. At the time, Boggs' husband, Hale Boggs, presided over the People's League, which was dedicated to maintaining integrity in government and ensuring that the government serve the people well. According to Boggs, the most significant changes to Louisiana politics occurred after World War II with the gradual elimination of the "race issue." With greater voter participation, the tradition of long-standing congressional leadership began to change, allowing for the introduction of fresh perspectives in Congress. Boggs' husband had served as the majority leader in Congress until his untimely demise in a 1972 plane crash, at which point Lindy Boggs took over his seat in the legislature, where she served for nearly twenty years. Boggs offers comments on the Louisiana congressional delegation as a "single bloc," and she discusses what she saw as the prevailing power of the South in Congress. Also considered is the impact of the women's movement on congressional activities and the role of what Boggs calls "southern graciousness" in congressional interactions
Oral history interview with Claude Pepper, February 1, 1974 interview A-056, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Claude Pepper ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This relatively brief interview offers a snapshot of the South in the 1970s, when conservatism had solidified its hold on the region. Legendary Florida Democratic politician Claude Pepper describes his political career and assesses Florida's political leanings. Pepper grew more liberal as he grew older, a trend he admits is unusual. He supported the New Deal and a number of liberal policies throughout his tenure in the U.S. Senate, which lasted from 1934 to 1950 (he joined the House of Representatives in 1963 and served there until 1989). Pepper's career suffered because of his support for civil rights, and his political opponents exploited racism to discourage white Floridians from voting for him. Pepper believes that civil rights and the success of the New Deal -- which removed the need for an active federal government -- explain the political conservatism in Florida
Oral history interview with Hodding Carter, April 1, 1974 interview A-0100, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Hodding Carter ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Noted journalist Hodding Carter describes the change in Mississippi politics from the virulent racism of the 1960s to the relative moderation of the 1970s. Carter discusses a lot of the minutiae of Mississippi politics that might be confusing to researchers not intimately familiar with the state's political history, but offers many insightful reflections on the power of race in a state that emerged hobbled from the 1960s
Oral history interview with Ferrel Guillory, December 11, 1973 interview A-0123, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Ferrel Guillory ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Political journalist Ferrel Guillory describes the state of party politics in North Carolina. This interview has two principal foci. The first is the political character -- and shortcomings -- of Republican governor Jim Holshouser. Guillory describes Holshouser as essentially moderate, but his moderation seems in part due to the fact that the governor seems to focus on the minutiae of government operation rather than ideology. The second is the shockwaves GOP victories in 1972 sent through the Democratic Party and Democrats' largely unsuccessful efforts to find direction
Oral history interview with David Pryor, June 13, 1974 interview A-038, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by David Pryor ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this interview, Arkansas Democrat David Pryor discusses politics and the Democratic Party in Arkansas and the South. Pryor won seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate; shortly after this interview was conducted, he won the governorship of Arkansas, which he held from 1975 to 1979. Pryor sees himself as part of a new tradition in Arkansas politics, one started by former governor Winthrop Rockefeller and continued by Dale Bumpers. He does not explicitly describe this new tradition, but he does describe his political philosophy throughout the interview: he believes in personal, face-to-face politics, wants to advocate for Arkansans against predatory business interests, and wants to take an active role in bringing about social and economic change
Oral history interview with Bert Nettles, July 13, 1974 interview A-0015, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Bert Nettles ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bert Nettles discusses the state of politics and the Republican Party in Alabama in the 1970s. Nettles summarizes his past, the reasons he began his political career, and the political positions he had held up to that point. He spends a good deal of time on his 1972 run for the U.S. Senate, when industrialist Red Blount outspent him. During the statewide campaign, Blount, who had traditionally been a moderate or even a progressive, realigned himself so as to become one of George Wallace's allies. Nettles explains how he thinks this loss affected the Republican Party in Alabama. He emphasizes the need for honesty and ethics reform in the political system. Though the Republican Party in the South became more conservative during the 1970s, Nettles repeatedly insists that the stance fails to honor the heritage of the party and is not the key to the party's future. He believes the most important tactics are winning the urban areas and winning the black vote. Nettles also discusses the many school desegregation conflicts that plagued Alabamans into the 1970s. Though he believes that George Wallace's legacy would continue to send moderates into the Republican Party, Nettles also hopes that as Wallace becomes more active on the national political scene, incoming politicians will begin to reform Alabama's state programs. He ends by explaining how Watergate had affected the Republican Party in Alabama and the ways they were attempting to mitigate the resultant backlash. He maintains that voters respect and support someone who openly supports specific issues, asserting that honesty is more important than just about anything else
Oral history interview with Floyd McKissick, December 6, 1973 interview A-0134, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Floyd B McKissick ( )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Floyd McKissick discusses a lifetime of politics and activism in this interview. McKissick was a devoted civil rights activist before and after World War II, integrating the law school of the University of North Carolina and aiding students in sit-ins in the 1960s. In 1966, he took over leadership of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), one of the nation's most prominent civil rights organizations. Shortly thereafter, he left CORE to contribute to the development of Soul City, a town in rural North Carolina intended to showcase the economic potential of a new kind of community. In this 1973 interview, McKissick reflects on the civil rights movement and its legacies. McKissick held that African American leaders needed to find pragmatic solutions for solidifying the gains won with legal battles and public protests in the 1960s. One such solution, he believed, was to demonstrate the economic and social viability of a town free from racism: Soul City. In addition to considering broad themes of the civil rights movement and Soul City, McKissick moves through the interviewer's list of questions about race and rights, answering queries about busing, averring his support for the legacy of former governor Terry Sanford, and offering one civil rights leader's evaluation of the movement and hopes for the future of economic and racial justice
Oral history interview with Howell Heflin, July 9, 1974 interview A-0010, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Howell Heflin ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Howell Heflin, who sat on the Alabama State Supreme Court in the 1970s before a two-decade tenure in the US Senate, discusses the post-segregation Alabama judiciary. The story is a familiar one: the persistent influence of race in a slowly changing environment. In the first half of the interview, Heflin describes some recent judicial reforms and his discomfort with the fact that judges must campaign for their seats. He worries that judges might be tempted to rule in favor of contributors. In the second half, Heflin turns to racial politics and comments on George Wallace and Barry Goldwater, as well as observing the arrival of a new generation of so-called activist judges taking the bench across the country
Oral history interview with Rita Jackson Samuels, April 30, 1974 interview A-0077, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Rita Jackson Samuels ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Rita Jackson Samuels, Coordinator of the Governor's Council on Human Relations in Atlanta, GA, offers her thoughts on the changing racial dynamics of her home state. She gives the most attention to measuring the progress of African Americans in Georgia during her tenure and that of Governor Jimmy Carter. She also discusses at length the installation of a portrait of Martin Luther King in the state capitol, a move which she initiated, and describes its symbolic importance
Oral history interview with Clarke Reed, April 2, 1974 interview A-0113, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Clarke Reed ( )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1966, Clarke Reed, a native Mississippian, became the state chairman of the Republican Party in Mississippi. Reed begins the interview by explaining how he became a Republican despite having been born into family of Democrats. After casting his first vote for Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952, Reed became increasingly involved with the Republican Party, which he says was well-established in Mississippi by the early 1960s. Reed argues that the South, because of its religious, rural, and economic traditions, was particularly well-suited to the ideas of the Republican Party. In tracing his own allegiance to politicians such as Barry Goldwater and Richard Nixon, Reed charts not only the growing strength of the Republican Party in the South but also the burgeoning importance of the South to the aims of the Republican Party in national politics. Over the course of the interview, Reed pays particular attention to political realignment during the 1960s and 1970s, as southern Democrats such as Strom Thurmond became Republicans. He also discusses southern Republican views on such issues as voting rights, school busing, and the Equal Rights Amendment, and the role of race and civil rights in shaping southern ideas about politics. Additionally, Reed discusses the transformation of the Republican Party at the local level, offering his thoughts on prominent state politicians--including James Eastland and Gil Carmichael--and factions within the Republican Party resulting from personality, rather than philosophical, differences
Oral history interview with Orval Faubus, June 14, 1974 interview A-0031, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Orval Eugene Faubus ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Arkansas governor Orval Faubus reflects on the effects of his twelve-year tenure in the governor's mansion, state politics, and of course, desegregation. Faubus paints himself as a populist who helped rescue Arkansas from backwardness with social programs and infrastructure. Merciless mischaracterizations from a lazy and hostile press have sullied his legacy, he claims, ignoring his many accomplishments and obscuring the true story of what happened on the courthouse steps in 1957. This interview will be useful to researchers interested in Arkansas politics in the middle of the 20th century, the rising influence of the media in politics, and desegregation
Oral history interview with Reubin Askew, July 8, 1974 interview A-0045, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Reubin O'D Askew ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reubin Askew, governor of Florida at the time of this interview, describes his approach to politics and comments on the political character of Florida and the American South. Askew was running for reelection at the time of this interview (he won), and he uses it to celebrate his agenda, pointing to successes and burnishing his image as a straight-shooter. While he denies an interest in national politics, he sees the South, strengthened by economic growth, and southern politicians playing an increasingly important role in the US
Oral History interview with Dale Bumpers, June 17, 1974 interview A-0026, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Dale Bumpers ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Dale Bumpers was elected governor of Arkansas in 1970, before his election to the United States Senate in 1974. Bumpers begins the interview by offering an assessment of his administration as governor of Arkansas. Emphasizing such accomplishments as tax reform and reorganization of state government, Bumpers describes how his election and administration helped to demystify political myths in the South. In particular, Bumpers explains that his successful elections in 1970 and 1974 demonstrated that political power could be wrested from those who had a larger financial backing, and that it was not necessary to be highly visible in the state to garner enough support. On the contrary, Bumpers was a virtual unknown on the political landscape when he defeated Governor Winthrop Rockefeller in 1970. Rockefeller was the first Republican governor to serve in Arkansas since Reconstruction. According to Bumpers, Rockefeller's election demonstrated a shifting political landscape that ultimately foretold the crumbling political power structure that had dominated Southern politics for decades. It was the weakening of this power base that, in part, allowed Bumpers to defeat Rockefeller in 1970 and incumbent senator William Fulbright (who had served in the U.S. Senate for thirty years) in 1974. In describing his successful campaign strategies, Bumper explains how he sought to appeal to Arkansas pride and a tendency of citizens to feel defensive about their rural roots. Bumpers had just been elected when the interview was conducted, and he offers his predictions for Southern politics in coming years. Namely, Bumpers expresses his hope that Southern Democrats would rejoin the national Democratic Party. Bumpers concludes the interview by offering his thoughts on the changing political landscape of the South, arguing that the term "emerging South" was more appropriate than "New South" in describing the region's economic growth and social developments
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