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De Vries, Walter

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Works: 40 works in 68 publications in 1 language and 3,013 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 1,488 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 )
11 editions published between 1972 and 1986 in English and held by 794 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 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 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 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 Nancy Palm, December 16, 1974 interview A-0194, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Nancy Palm ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Nancy Palm describes her role as the chair of the Republican Party in Harris County, Texas, from the early 1950s through the mid-1970s. Educated at Vanderbilt, Palm held liberal political views earlier on in life and her first vote was cast for Franklin Delano Roosevelt. However, by the 1950s, her growing belief in the importance of "individual initiative" had shifted her political views towards the right. In 1951, Palm moved with her husband from Tennessee to Houston, where she became involved in organizing school board elections. Shortly thereafter, Palm became a precinct organizer in Harris County, Texas. She explains that until 1964, she worked for both Republican and Democratic candidates. By 1964, however, she had established herself solidly in the Republican camp. In this interview, Palm emphasizes the importance of organization to the development of a strong Republican party in Texas. In addition, she explains her perception of Texas Republicanism as it evolved from roughly 1950 to 1974. In so doing, she emphasizes the role of such politicians as Texas Senator John G. Tower, Texas Governor John Connally, George Bush, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford. Finally, Palm discusses her perception of women's rights and women's liberation. Although not a proponent of the women's liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s, Palm asserts her belief that women should have strong roles in politics and that she lamented the fact that she had never sought public office. Overall, Palm's comments here reflect the character of the Republican Party in the South as it had developed by the mid-1970s
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 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 William J. (Bill) Clinton, June 15, 1974 interview A-027, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Bill Clinton ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This interview took place during Bill Clinton's unsuccessful 1974 bid for a seat representing Arkansas in the US House of Representatives. Two years later, he ran uncontested to become the state Attorney General, and in 1978 he won the governorship. Clinton shows his devotion to the intricacies of political maneuvering, his sense of the role of personality in politics, and his fondness for words. He seems aware that his ability to personally connect with Arkansas voters will be important as he vies for the seat, but seems uncomfortable with the idea that he will rely more on charm than on issues. He hopes that his stands on various issues will give Arkansas voters a clear picture of him as a person. The interview is packed with many specific details about Arkansas politics
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 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 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 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 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 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 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
 
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