Interview with Ellis Arnall, Part 1, July 19, 1985

Collection: Series I. Ellis G. Arnall

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Ellis Arnall interviewed by Hal Henderson. Topics include the genesis of Henderson’s biography of Arnall and Arnall’s "destiny" to become governor. Arnall also discusses the 1942 gubernatorial election, including campaign strategies, the Cocking affair in 1941, Arnall’s political philosophy versus Eugene Talmadge’s political philosophy, and Arnall’s relationship with Eugene Talmadge. Arnall discusses major accomplishments of his administration (1943-1947), including industrialization of the South, voting franchise in Georgia, education in Georgia, and prison reform. He also talks about the state highway department, the integrity of his administration, the State of Georgia v. Hiram Evans, et al. (1942), Arnall's views on race issues during his administration, his opinion on sales tax, Ed Rivers’ political philosophy, Arnall's relationships and experiences with Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Jimmy Carter, and the 1946 gubernatorial election.






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Ellis G. Arnall and Hal Henderson, “Interview with Ellis Arnall, Part 1, July 19, 1985,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed July 14, 2024,