Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 130 David MorrisonReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 130 David Morrison

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 130 David Morrison

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 130 David Morrison
Creator: Morrison, David
Dates: 2011 September 19
Extent: 1.0 interview
Collection Number: RBRL/220/ROGP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: David Morrison is a political journalist that covered Georgia politics for the Atlanta Constitution during the 1970s. He discusses his work in journalism, his experiences with prominent politicians, and the state of party politics in Georgia.

Collection Description

Biographical note

David Morrison is a political journalist who covered Georgia politics for the Atlanta Constitution during the 1970s.

Scope and Content

David Morrison discusses his early life in Birmingham, Alabama during the 1960s. He recalls attending Waylon Baptist College and Baylor University prior to being drafted into the army. Morrison discusses the origin of his interests in journalism stemming from his time working with Marti Clay at Waylon Baptist College's student newspaper. He discusses his graduate work in journalism at UC Berkeley before settling in Atlanta to work at the Constitution.

Morrison discusses covering the 1972 Presidential race and David Gambrell's senate race after Richard B. Russell's death. He recalls covering the Birmingham 16th Street Baptist Church bombing trial for the Constitution and discusses the circumstances of that trial. Morrison reflects on covering Georgia politics during the late 1970s, mentioning Jimmy Carter, Lester Maddox, and the reorganization of the Georgia government.

Morrison recalls participating in the 1972 Atlanta mayoral race between Maynard Jackson and Sam Massell. He discusses the role of community power structures in white and African American communities and Hosea Williams' loss in the runoff. Morrison discusses the role of party politics in Georgia and comments on the Democrat to Republican shift, citing Larry McDonald, Zell Miller and Sam Nunn in his commentary.

Morrison comments on the importance of objectivity, fair writing, and relationships with politicians in political reporting. He discusses the line reporters walk in covering politicians' public vs private lives. Morrison recalls his decision to leave newspaper reporting and decision to enter public relations. He comments on contributions and ethics in political campaigns.


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 130, 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

Administrative agencies--Georgia--Reorganization.
Atlanta journal-constitution.
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Democratic Party (Ga.)
Gambrell, David Henry, 1929-
Jackson, Maynard, 1938-2003
Journalism--United States--Georgia.
Journalism.
Journalists--Georgia.
Maddox, Lester G., 1915-2003.
Massell, Samuel, 1927-
Mayors--Georgia--Atlanta--Election.
Miller, Zell Bryan, 1932-
Oral histories.
Presidential elections--1970-1980.
Republican Party (Ga.)
Williams, Hosea, 1926-

Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

ROGP 130 David Morrison video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
ROGP 130 David Morrison video (Extent: 98.0 minutes ) Access Online