The Resource The living history makers III, a presentation of WCVE Richmond, Virginia, (videorecording :)

The living history makers III, a presentation of WCVE Richmond, Virginia, (videorecording :)

Label
The living history makers III
Title
The living history makers III
Statement of responsibility
a presentation of WCVE Richmond, Virginia
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Language
eng
Summary
  • A thirteen-episode series of interviews between political historian Jim Latimer (1913-2000) and Virginia Governors Albertis S. Harrison (1907-1995) and Mills Godwin (1914-1999), focusing mainly on each man's time as governor, the dynamics of the so-called "Byrd Organization," and the tumultuous Virginia political scene of the 1960's and early 1970's
  • Episode #1 - Sets up the series with a review of the major events and issues in Virginia politics in the 1960's, followed by a brief question-and-answer session with Albertis Harrison, Mills Godwin, Thomas Morris, Larry Sabato, and J. Harvie Wilkinson III, led by Jim Latimer
  • Episode #2 - Latimer interviews Harrison on his family history, early life, education, early career, and entrance into politics
  • Episode #3 - Latimer interviews Harrison on his role as campaign manager for the 1952 U.S. Senate re-election campaign of Harry Byrd Sr. (1887-1966); the period of "massive resistance" to school desegration; his time as attorney general of the state; and the buildup to his gubernatorial candidacy in 1961. The show ends with commenary by Sabato and Morris, analyzing Harrison's story for what it revealed about the Byrd Organization as a whole
  • Episode #4 - Latimer interviews Harrison on his inaugration as governor in 1962; issues of the day including education and school desegregation, the sales tax, industrial development, and the poll tax; and impressions of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. Concludes with Sabato and Morris assessing Harrison's term as governor
  • Episode #5 - The focus switches to Mills Godwin as Latimer interviews the former governor on his family history, growing up on a farm, his education and early career (including a stint with the FBI), and entry into politics
  • Episode #6 - Latimer interviews Godwin on his career in the General Assembly, his backing of candidates other than those chosen by Harry Byrd Sr., his support of "massive resistance," the latter days of Byrd Sr.'s career, opposing Lindsay Almond's sales tax plan, Godwin's election as governor in 1965, and trouble in the Byrd Organization. Concludes with Sabato and Morris briefly discussing the decline of the Byrd Organization, Godwin's consensus-building skills, and the complexity of the political scene at the time of his first term as governor
  • Episode #7 - Latimer interviews Godwin on his first administration, including his inaugural address, the sales tax, advances in education, handling a resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in Virginia, revision of the state constitution, and the bond referendum. Concludes with commentary by Sabato and Morris
  • Episode #8 - Latimer facilitates a conversation between J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Harrison, and Godwin, on topics including Harry Byrd Sr. and the Byrd Organization; the growth of the Republican Party in Virginia; significant changes of the 1960's including reapportionment, the abolition of the poll tax, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965; the partnership between the two governors; and the sales tax issue
  • Episode #9 - Conversation between Latimer, Wilkinson, Harrison, and Godwin continues, on topics including the 1964 state Democratic Convention, the 1964 presidential race, the sales tax, the bond issue, and Godwin's perceived breaks with some of Byrd Sr.'s preferences and philosophies
  • Episode #10 - Conversation between Latimer, Wilkinson, Harrison, and Godwin continues, on topics including circumstances contributing to the decline of the Byrd Organization, the emergence of the Republican Party in Virginia, the 1968 state Democratic Convention, and impressions of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson
  • Episode #11 - Latimer moderates a panel discussion between Harrison, Godwin, Morris, and Sabato, on topics including massive resistance, the influence of southwestern Virginia on the Byrd Organization, the level of influence that Byrd Sr. had within the Organization, the idea of a year-round legislature, and the importance of the "one man-one vote" ruling on legislative redistricting
  • Episode #12 - Latimer moderates a panel discussion between Harrison, Godwin, Morris, and Sabato, on topics including the cabinet system; Linwood Holton; Harry Byrd Jr.; and the non-successive gubernatorial term rule
  • Episode #13 - Latimer moderates a panel discussion between Harrison, Godwin, Morris, and Sabato, on topics including the tumultuous political scene during the 1960's, changes in the way political campaigns were conducted, Harry Byrd Sr., school desegregation, dealing with criticism and lawsuits while in office, Godwin's 1973 campaign for governor, the broadening of the electorate, and brief predictions for the long-term survival of the two-party system and partisanship in Virginia
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  • Accessioned
  • Described
Cataloging source
VIC
Funding information
This program was made possible by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, with additional funding by the Reynolds Metals Company Foundation and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Label
The living history makers III, a presentation of WCVE Richmond, Virginia, (videorecording :)
Publication
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
13 DVDs (ca. 30 minutes each)
Governing access note
Due to preservation concerns and equipment limitations, patrons must use access copies (DVD copies of the master tapes)
Immediate source of acquisition
Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation
Note
These DVDs (and VHS preservation copies, kept at the State Records Center) are copies of the master tapes, made by Guy Spiller, Richmond, in 2006.
Other physical details
sd., col.
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
001616328
Terms governing use
Copyright is held by the Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation. These videos 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 videos may be obtained from WCVE-TV by calling 804-320-1301.

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