The Resource Living history makers : : an inquiry into Virginia politics : J. Lindsay Almond, Jr., governor of Virginia, 1958-1962, a production of Central Virginia Educational Television ; Ruth Twiggs, producer/director ; researched and written by James Latimer, (videorecording)

Living history makers : : an inquiry into Virginia politics : J. Lindsay Almond, Jr., governor of Virginia, 1958-1962, a production of Central Virginia Educational Television ; Ruth Twiggs, producer/director ; researched and written by James Latimer, (videorecording)

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Living history makers : : an inquiry into Virginia politics : J. Lindsay Almond, Jr., governor of Virginia, 1958-1962
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Living history makers :
Title remainder
an inquiry into Virginia politics : J. Lindsay Almond, Jr., governor of Virginia, 1958-1962
Statement of responsibility
a production of Central Virginia Educational Television ; Ruth Twiggs, producer/director ; researched and written by James Latimer
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Language
eng
Summary
  • A nine-part series on the life and career of former Virginia governor J. Lindsay Almond (1898-1986), chiefly explored by means of interviews between Almond and Richmond Times-Dispatch political reporter James Latimer (1913-2000). Other individuals appearing in the series are political science professors Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia and Thomas R. Morris of the University of Richmond; civil rights attorney Oliver W. Hill (1907-2007); former Virginia governor Linwood Holton (1923- ); and Charles McDowell, another Richmond Times-Dispatch political reporter. The Almond interviews took place in part at his home in Henrico County, and in the studios of WCVE-TV Richmond in late 1979 and early 1980. Some of the latter episodes incorporate footage from THE ALMOND YEARS, a 1962 documentary produced by WDBJ-TV Roanoke
  • Episode #1: Introductory commentary by James Latimer, Larry Sabato, Thomas R. Morris, Oliver W. Hill, and Linwood Holton about Almond's term as governor (1958-1962). Remarks focus largely on his January 1959 decision to accept two high court rulings invalidating the state's school-closing law, rather than defend massive resistance
  • Episode #2: Interviews with Almond begin as Latimer questions him about his childhood in Orange County, Virginia; development as an orator; participation in the sport of boxing; time as a student at the University of Virginia; work as a teacher and principal; early law career; and initial involvement in politics
  • Episode #3: Includes discussion of changes in rules regarding Virginia Democrats who cast votes for Republican candidates; Almond's career progression from defense attorney to Commonwealth's Attorney, Roanoke Hustings Court judge, and then U.S. Congressman; his impressions of Congressional colleagues John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), Lyndon Johnson (1908-1973), and Everett Dirkson (1896-1969); and his decision, at the urging of Senator Harry F. Byrd (1887-1966), to run for attorney general of Virginia in 1948
  • Episode #4: Includes discussion of Almond's support of President Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), in spite of the Byrd Organization's disapproval; his role in passing the Marshall Plan; and his involvement, as attorney general, in the settling of a case involving a coal miner strike in southwest Virginia in 1948
  • Episode #5: Includes discussion of Almond's support of Martin Hutchinson, a Truman appointee to the Federal Trade Commission, against the wishes of Senator Byrd; his aborted plans to run for governor in 1953; his call for a repeal of the poll tax; his reaffirmation of the rule allowing Virginia Democrats to occasionally vote Republican with no loss of party privileges; and his decision to run for governor in 1957
  • Episode #6: Includes discussion of Almond's advice, while attorney general, against the adoption of the school closing law; his early enforcement of that law as governor in 1958; his role in urging Senator Byrd back from his planned retirement in 1958; the quick reversal of his initially defiant response to the Virginia Supreme Court decision against school closings in 1959; his subsequent alienation from the Byrd Organization; threats against his life in the wake of his decision; and a visit by former heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney (1898-1978)
  • Episode #7: Interview between Almond, Latimer, Sabato, and Morris focusing on Almond's controversial, and unsuccessful, push for a sales tax bill to support education in 1960; memories from his experience as chair of the Virginia delegation at the national Democratic Convention in 1960; anecdotes from his friendship with John F. Kennedy; and continued friction with the Byrd Organization over his adherence to the Democratic ticket in presidential elections
  • Episode #8: Further discussion between Almond, Latimer, Sabato, and Morris, including discussion of Byrd Organization efforts to sidetrack Almond's 1957 candidacy for governor; more thoughts on his decision not to prolong massive resistance; and his assessment of the decline of the Byrd Organization
  • Episode #9: Interview between Almond, Latimer, and Charles McDowell, including reflections on the 1957 gubernatorial race; his leniency towards party members deviating from the "straight ticket"; an encounter with England's Queen Mother (1900-2002); a quote revealing Senator Byrd's thoughts on Almond; and a comparison of Almond's various jobs, including United States Congressman, state attorney general, governor of Virginia, and judge on the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
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  • Access and preservation VHS copies created from original U-matic tapes
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Vi
Characteristic
videorecording
Funding information
This program was made possible by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy. Additional funding was provided by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Runtime
240
Target audience
general
Technique
live action
Label
Living history makers : : an inquiry into Virginia politics : J. Lindsay Almond, Jr., governor of Virginia, 1958-1962, a production of Central Virginia Educational Television ; Ruth Twiggs, producer/director ; researched and written by James Latimer, (videorecording)
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  • The Library of Virginia
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Dimensions
1/2 in.
Extent
9 videocassettes (ca. 30 min. each)
Governing access note
Due to preservation concerns and equipment limitations, patrons must use access copies (VHS copies of the master tapes)
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videotape
Other physical details
sd., col.
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
001540566
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sound on medium
Specific material designation
videocassette
System details
VHS
Terms governing use
Copyright is held by the Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation. These videocassettes are to be used in the Archives and Manuscripts Room at the Library of Virginia for research purposes only and cannot be reproduced by the Library. Copies of the videocassettes may be obtained from WCVE-TV by calling 804-320-1301.
Video recording format
VHS (1/2 in., videocassette)

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