Interview with Maxine S. Goldstein, August 19, 2019

Collection: Two-Party Georgia Oral History Project

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Maxine Shapiro Goldstein was born on August 25, 1926 in Augusta, Georgia. She attended the Junior College of Augusta (now Augusta University) in 1945 and the University of Georgia in 1946. She married Jacob Louis Goldstein in 1947. Goldstein began volunteering with the Democratic Party of Georgia in the 1960s and was elected president of the Georgia Federation of Democratic Women in 1980 and Vice-chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia in 1982. Goldstein served on the Democratic National Committee’s executive committee from 1984 until 1990, and she attended every Democratic National Convention between 1976 and 2008.  Goldstein resides in Asheville, North Carolina.

Goldstein discusses her childhood, family, and education. She talks about meeting her future husband, Jacob Goldstein, and settling in Milledgeville, Georgia. Goldstein recalls participating in civic clubs before becoming active in the Democratic Party of Georgia. She talks about her experiences volunteering and working for various Democratic campaigns in Baldwin County and around the state. Goldstein reflects on some of her close friends and associates in the Democratic Party of Georgia as well as the state of the party organization during her years of service. She talks about Jimmy Carter as governor and president. Goldstein discusses her streak of attending Democratic National Conventions as well as her memorable convention hats. She describes the 1988 Democratic National Convention in Atlanta and the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. The interview closes with an overview of Goldstein’s long and colorful political career.






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Maxine S. Goldstein, Ashton Ellett, and Sheryl Vogt, “Interview with Maxine S. Goldstein, August 19, 2019,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed July 25, 2024,