The Resource The living history makers : : an inquiry into Virginia politics with Jim Latimer, Colgate W. Darden, William M. Tuck, (videorecording)

The living history makers : : an inquiry into Virginia politics with Jim Latimer, Colgate W. Darden, William M. Tuck, (videorecording)

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The living history makers : : an inquiry into Virginia politics with Jim Latimer, Colgate W. Darden, William M. Tuck
Title
The living history makers :
Title remainder
an inquiry into Virginia politics with Jim Latimer, Colgate W. Darden, William M. Tuck
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Language
eng
Summary
  • An eight-part series of interviews between Richmond Times-Dispatch political reporter James Latimer (1913-2000) and former Virginia Democratic governors Colgate W. Darden (1897-1981) and William M. Tuck (1896-1983). Filming took place at Tuck's rural Halifax County retreat, Buckshoal Cabin, in 1975
  • Episode #1, "Reunion at Buckshoal Cabin": Includes brief introductory remarks by Richmond Times-Dispatch executive editor John Leard on the history of the Democratic Party in Virginia. Also includes recollections by Darden and Tuck of their childhood years in Southampton County and Halifax County, respectively, as well as each man's education and entry into politics
  • Episode #2, "Organization or Oligarchy?": Includes discussion of the power Harry F. Byrd (1887-1966) held over Virginia politics, and whether the so-called Byrd Organization functioned as an oligarchy; opinions on poll taxes, literacy tests, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965; and changes in the conduct of political campaigns over the past several decades
  • Episode #3, "Whiskey, Women, and Debt: Big Issues": Includes discussion of the power held by Bishop James Cannon (1864-1944) over early 20th-century Virginia politics; the rise of Harry F. Byrd; the 1933 defeat of Prohibition in Virginia; women's suffrage; the 1923 road bond debate; and highlights of Darden's administration, including his reform of the state penal system and a fight to keep children out of religious meetings involving snake handling
  • Episode #4, "Harry Byrd Takes Charge (Or Harry Won't Wait)": Includes discussion of Harry Byrd's 1926 inauguration as governor; Al Smith (1873-1944) and the presidential election of 1928; Tuck's showdown with Virginia Electric and Power Company workers threatening to strike in 1946; and the 1947 passing of a state right-to-work law
  • Episode #5, "Too Much Trumanism": Includes discussion of the growing split between the Byrd Organization and the national Democratic Party, reflected by opposition to Harry S. Truman's 1948 presidential bid, Tuck's attempts to push through the so-called "Anti-Truman Bill," and the Virginia delegation's role in the tense 1948 Democratic Convention
  • Episode #6, "Turbulence and Trouble: The 1950s": Includes discussion of the centrality of World War II to Darden's term as governor; his service as president of the University of Virginia; Tuck's 1953 run for Congress; the waning strength of the Byrd Organization and its temporary revival in reaction to Brown vs. Board of Education; and Byrd's half-hearted attempt to retire from political life in 1958
  • Episode #7, "Massive Resistance and Haman's Gallows": Includes discussion of the 1955 Gray Commission Report; the policy of massive resistance; Tuck's opposition to the Civil Rights Bill of 1964; and the ultimate effectiveness of school desegregation
  • Episode #8, "Tallulah, Winnie, and Two Pieces of Apple Pie": Includes anecdotes from encounters with Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968) and Winston Churchill (1874-1965); further thoughts on the evolution of political campaigns; comments on the general distrust of politicians in the wake of Watergate; and predictions for the future of Virginia politics
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  • Accessioned
  • Described
  • Access and preservation VHS copies created from original U-matic tapes
Cataloging source
Vi
Characteristic
videorecording
Citation source
James Howe Latimer. Virginia Politics: The Way it Was. (LVA call number F231 .L38)
Funding information
This program was made possible by a grant from the Bank of Virginia, the Chesapeake Corporation of Virginia, and Richmond Newspapers, Inc.
Runtime
240
Target audience
general
Technique
live action
Label
The living history makers : : an inquiry into Virginia politics with Jim Latimer, Colgate W. Darden, William M. Tuck, (videorecording)
Publication
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • The Library of Virginia
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Dimensions
1/2 in.
Extent
8 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)
Immediate source of acquisition
Technical Services
Medium for sound
videotape
Other physical details
sd., col.
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
001540567
Sound on medium or separate
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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