Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 132 Laughlin McDonaldReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 132 Laughlin McDonald

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 132 Laughlin McDonald

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 132 Laughlin McDonald
Creator McDonald, Laughlin
Dates 2012 February 6
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractLaughlin McDonald has been director of the Atlanta-based Voting Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union since 1972. Prior to that he was in private practice and taught at the University of North Carolina Law School. He has represented racial and language minorities in numerous discrimination cases and specialized in the area of voting rights. He has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, testified frequently before Congress, and written for scholarly and popular publications on civil liberties issues. His most recent books are A Voting Rights Odyssey: Black Enfranchisement in Georgia, and American Indians and the Fight for Equal Voting Rights. He is a South Carolina native, received a B.A. from Columbia University in 1960, and a LL.B from the University of Virginia in 1965. McDonald Discusses his work with the ACLU, the imporance of litigation in civil rights struggles, and his personal 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 132, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.


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Biographical Note

Laughlin McDonald has been director of the Atlanta-based Voting Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union since 1972. Prior to that he was in private practice and taught at the University of North Carolina Law School. He has represented racial and language minorities in numerous discrimination cases and specialized in the area of voting rights. He has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, testified frequently before Congress, and written for scholarly and popular publications on civil liberties issues. His most recent books are A Voting Rights Odyssey: Black Enfranchisement in Georgia, and American Indians and the Fight for Equal Voting Rights. He is a South Carolina native, received a B.A. from Columbia University in 1960, and a LL.B from the University of Virginia in 1965.


Scope and Content

Laughlin McDonald discusses growing up in Winnsboro, South Carolina. He recalls the segregated South and reflects on his decision to attend Columbia University. McDonald discusses being drafted and serving at Fort Jackson. He recalls his time in infantry school and in officer training.

McDonald recalls attending law school in South Carolina and subsequently at the University of Virginia. He discusses his intention of becoming an attorney but ultimately working with the ACLU and Charles "Chuck" Morgan. McDonald recalls being offered a job at the ACLU and recalls the history of the organization. He recalls his involvement in desegregating Southern juries, the process of selecting ACLU cases, and with the Reynolds v. Simms voting rights case.

McDonald discusses how he was not involved in the Civil Rights Movement but recalls his impressions of Atlanta and Vernon Jordan and the Southern Rights Council. He comments on the state of the federal judiciary, the influence of politics on cases and the influence of the Civil rights acts on national politics. McDonald reflects on current voting methods and discusses sections 2 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act. He discusses reapportionment, gerrymandering, and voting ID requirements.

McDonald reflects on the origin of his inspirations, his book Voting Rights Odyssey and the legacy of struggle for rights.


Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Access Points

American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia.
Apportionment (Election laws)--Georgia.
Civil rights movements--Georgia.
Civil rights--Georgia.
Oral histories.
Racism--Georgia.
United States. Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Voting.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
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