Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 103 Reid HarrisReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 103 Reid Harris

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 103 Reid Harris

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 103 Reid Harris
Creator Harris, Reid Walker, 1930-
Dates 2010 February 8
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractReid Walker Harris was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1964 and served for six years. During this time he worked on achieving the independence of the legislature, and was the principal author of several laws concerning conservation of the coast lands, including the Georgia Surface Mining Act and the Coastal Marshland Protection Act. Harris served as head of the environmental section of Governor Jimmy Carter’s Goals for Georgia program and later as chairman of the governor’s State Environmental Council. Reid Harris discusses his time in legislature, his struggles with wetland legislation, and his work after retiring from public life.

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


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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.


Biographical Note

Reid Walker Harris was born July 6, 1930, in Brunswick, Georgia. He earned a B.A. degree in political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1952, graduated from the U.S. Army Russian Language School at the Presidio, and earned his law degree from Emory University in 1958. Harris was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1964 and served for six years. During this time he worked on achieving the independence of the legislature, and was the principal author of several laws concerning conservation of the coast lands, including the Georgia Surface Mining Act and the Coastal Marshland Protection Act. Harris served as head of the environmental section of Governor Jimmy Carter’s Goals for Georgia program and later as chairman of the governor’s State Environmental Council.


Scope and Content

Reid Harris discusses growing up in Brunswick, attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and working for the Army Security Agency. He recalls attending law school at Emory and practicing law with Charles L. Gowen.

Harris comments on running for the state house in 1963 and serving on the judiciary committee. He recalls legislative work he did regarding corporations, strip mining, and water quality in Georgia. Harris discusses the circumstances that led him to a passion for marshland preservation and his drafting of marshland protection bills. He recalls the difficulties he had getting interest for the bill. Harris explains the difficulties with determining the ownership of Georgia's marshes for the purposes of determining prospective legislative action.

Harris recalls running his first campaign and comments on his first opponent. He comments on serving in legislature with Elliot Levitas, Roy Lambert, and George L. Smith. Harris also discusses the 1996 gubernatorial race between Maddox and Callaway. He recalls his friendships with Governors Sanders and Maddox.

Harris explains that he considered running for governor but ultimately decided not to. He reflects on his conservation efforts and his later recognition for his work.


Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

Reid Harris Papers related to the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act


Access Points

Emory University.
Georgia--General Assembly--House of Representatives.
Gowen, Charles Latimer
Lambert, E. Roy
Lawyers--Georgia.
Levitas, Elliott Harris, 1930-
Maddox, Lester G., 1915-2003.
Oral histories.
Politicians--Georgia.
Sanders, Carl Edward, 1925-
Smith, George Leon, 1912-1973.
Wetland conservation--Georgia.
Wetlands--Law and legislation.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 103 Reid Harris video ( 56.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE
 
ROGP 103 Reid Harris transcript VIEW ONLINE