Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 118 Bob ShawReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 118 Bob Shaw

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 118 Bob Shaw

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 118 Bob Shaw
Creator: Shaw, Bob.
Dates: 2010 July 28
Extent: 1.0 interview
Collection Number: RBRL/220/ROGP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Robert J. Shaw was born on August 21, 1929, in Bronwood, Georgia. He attending Georgia Tech and Georgia State before enlisting in the Air Force in 1950. Shaw has served as the Chariman of the Development Authority of Fulton County as well as being an active member in the Republican Party of Georgia. He unsuccessfully ran for State Senate in 1964. Shaw discusses his activities with the Republican party and comments on legislative matters and public policy.

Collection Description

Biographical note

Robert J. Shaw was born on August 21, 1929, in Bronwood, Georgia. He attending Georgia Tech and Georgia State before enlisting in the Air Force in 1950. Shaw has served as the Chairman of the Development Authority of Fulton County as well as being an active member in the Republican Party of Georgia. He unsuccessfully ran for State Senate in 1964.

Scope and Content

Bob Shaw recalls joining the Homeland Harmony Quartet in Atlanta before being stationed in Japan during the Korean War.

Shaw comments on the government's increasing encroachment on small business and how it sparked his interest in politics. He recalls his unsuccessful campaign for State Senate in 1964 and his subsequent ascent into state Republican Party leadership. Shaw discusses working with Bo Callaway, Newt Gingrich, and Paul Coverdell. He also recalls Goldwater's sweep of Georgia in 1964.

Shaw discusses party politics in Georgia and his experience as a Republican in a previously heavily Democratic state. He comments extensively on minority and labor union involvement in Georgia Politics. Shaw recalls Bob Bell's tenure as chairman of the state party and his inability to organize statewide action.

Shaw comments on Zell Miller's decision to keynote the Republican Party Convention and the state of today's state and national party. He recalls the impact of the Watergate scandal and subsequent pardon on Republican politics and recalls Newt Gingrich's role in the Party's success.

Shaw comments on prominent Georgia Republicans such as Johnny Isakson, Guy Milner, and Sonny Perdue. He discusses the party's disappointment in Sonny Perdue's politics.

Shaw also reflects on reapportionment, voter id laws, and split ticket voting.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Custodial History note

Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.

Preferred citation

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 118, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

Resources may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2013.


Related Materials

Access Points

Apportionment (Election laws)--Georgia.
Callaway, Howard H. (Howard Hollis), 1927-
Coverdell, Paul Douglas, 1939-2000.
Georgia--General Assembly--Senate.
Georgia--Music.
Gingrich, Newt
Goldwater, Barry M. (Barry Morris), 1909-1998
Isakson, John Hardy (Johnny), 1944-
Korean War, 1950-1953--United States.
Miller, Zell Bryan, 1932-
Oral histories.
Perdue, Sonny, 1946-
Political campaigns--Georgia.
Republican Party (Ga.)
Voting.
Watergate Affair, 1972-1974.

Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

ROGP 118 Bob Shaw video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
ROGP 118 Bob Shaw video on YouTube (Extent: 68.0 minutes ) Access Online
ROGP 118 Bob Shaw PDF transcript Access Online