Interview with Ellis Arnall, March 28, 1988

Collection: Series I. Ellis G. Arnall

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Ellis Arnall interviewed by Hal Henderson. Arnall discusses the election of 1948, including the support for M.E. Thompson and reasons why Herman Talmadge won. Arnall also talks about responses to the Talmadges’s and Roy V. Harris’s criticisms against him in the election of 1948 regarding the reputation of Georgia, civil rights, the county unit system, alleged corruption in road building (“negotiated contracts”), his relationship with the press, and alleged corruption while Arnall was president of the Pan-Hellenic Council at UGA. Arnall talks about why he did not run for office in the 1950s and 1960s, the state sales tax, Brown v. Board of Education, and Ernest Vandiver and the possibility of closing Georgia schools over integration (1959-1961).






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Ellis G. Arnall and Hal Henderson, “Interview with Ellis Arnall, March 28, 1988,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed July 14, 2024,