Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 049 Helen LewisReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 049 Helen Lewis

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 049 Helen Lewis

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 049 Helen Lewis
Creator Lewis, Helen M., 1924-
Dates 2008 September 15
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractHelen Lewis was born in Cumming, Georgia, in 1924 and spent most of her career as an educator and activist for civil rights and social justice. Lewis discusses her student activism at Georgia State College for Women in the 1940s. In particular, she focuses on her work with the Student League for Good Government supporting progressive Democrat Jimmy Carmichael in Georgia's 1946 gubernatorial race and her civil rights advocacy with the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA). She also discusses her career teaching and addressing issues of labor, poverty, and education across the Appalachian region.

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


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Biographical Note

Helen M. Lewis was born in 1924 in Cumming, Georgia. While at Georgia State College for Women she helped form the Student League for Good Government to support Jimmy Carmichael's 1946 gubernatorial race. When Carmichael lost the race, Lewis went to graduate school at Duke University. She returned to Georgia, where she answered letters for Governor M. E. Thompson. Lewis finished her master’s in sociology at the University of Virginia in 1950, and earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Kentucky in 1970. She was an advocate of integration, and was involved in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1940s (a period sometimes referred to as the Long Civil Rights Movement). As an educator, librarian, and administrator Lewis worked for the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Berea College in Kentucky, and the Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee. She has been active in Appalachian issues, including labor, poverty, and education.


Scope and Content

Lewis discusses her student activism at Georgia State College for Women in the 1940s. In particular she focuses on her support for progressive Democrat Jimmy Carmichael in Georgia's 1946 gubernatorial race and her civil rights advocacy with the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA). She also discusses her career teaching and addressing issues of labor, poverty, and education across the Appalachian region.


Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection 148, George Berry on James Carmichael


Access Points

Arnall, Ellis Gibbs, 1907-1992.
Carmichael, James Vinson, 1910-1972.
Civil rights movements--Georgia.
Civil rights movements--United States.
Governors--Georgia--Election--1946.
Oral histories.
Talmadge, Herman E. (Herman Eugene), 1913-2002.
United Mine Workers of America.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 049 Helen Lewis video, 2008 September 15 ( 95.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE
 
ROGP 049 Helen Lewis transcript, 2008 September 15 VIEW ONLINE