Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 023 Herb MabryReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 023 Herb Mabry

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 023 Herb Mabry

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 023 Herb Mabry
Creator Mabry, Herb, 1929-
Dates 2008 April 14
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractHerb Mabry studied labor law at Woodrow Wilson College of Law in Atlanta and entered union politics in 1950 through his carpentry work with Sears Roebuck and his membership with the Union Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. In 1969 he became president of this union. In this interview, Mabry discusses these early years as well as his work as secretary, and later, president of the Georgia AFL-CIO, his labor advocacy with the Democratic National Committee, and his friendship and support of Jimmy Carter and Zell Miller. He also shares his thoughts on other past governors like Carl Sanders and Lester Maddox, and fellow Georgia union leaders Al Kara and Herb Butler. Mabry gives an overview of the ways organized labor fits into to both the state and national political climate, including the effect of illegal immigration and NAFTA.

Administrative Information

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 023, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.


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Biographical Note

Herb Mabry was born in Roswell, Georgia, in 1929. He studied labor law at the Woodrow Wilson College of Law in Atlanta. He entered union politics in 1950 while working as a carpenter for Sears Roebuck, when he joined the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (Carpenters’ Union) Local 225 in Atlanta. In 1969, he became the president of that Union. At the 1970 convention, he was elected secretary of the Georgia AFL-CIO. He created controversy by supporting African-American Leroy Johnson, and was a friend and supporter of both Zell Miller and Jimmy Carter. In 1972, he was elected to the Union Executive Board. He was the first labor representative on the Democratic National Committee, and was influential in bringing the National Democratic Convention to Georgia in 1998. He was also involved in various union boards and political and social groups. Mabry retired in 1999 and passed away in 2011.


Scope and Content

Mabry discusses his early union involvement as a Sears Roebuck carpenter, his work as secretary, and later, director of the Georgia AFL-CIO, his labor advocacy with the Democratic National Committee, and his friendship and support of Jimmy Carter and Zell Miller. He also shares his thoughts on other former governors like Carl Sanders and Lester Maddox, as well as other Georgia union leaders like Al Kara and Herb Butler. Mabry gives an overview of the ways organized labor fits into to both the state and national political climate, including the effect of illegal immigration and NAFTA.


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Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Access Points

AFL-CIO. Committee on Political Education.
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Georgia--Emigration and immigration.
Labor unions--Law and legislation--United States.
Lewis, John, 1940 Feb. 21-
Maddox, Lester G., 1915-2003.
Miller, Zell Bryan, 1932-
Oral histories.
Political campaigns--Georgia.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 023 Herb Mabry video, 2008 April 14 ( 87.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE
 
ROGP 023 Herb Mabry transcript, 2008 April 14 VIEW ONLINE