Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 147 Bill ShippReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 147 Bill Shipp

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 147 Bill Shipp

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 147 Bill Shipp
Creator Shipp, Bill, 1933-
Dates 2013 March 20
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractWilliam “Bill” Shipp worked as a journalist in Georgia for fifty years. In this interview at his home in Acworth, Georgia, Shipp discusses the range of modern Georgia politics, with a particular emphasis on Georgia governors since 1946. Topics include race relations in Atlanta during the Civil Rights Movement, the fall of the county unit system, congressional reapportionment in Georgia, the race between Carl Sanders and Jimmy Carter in 1970, Leroy Johnson, Zell Miller and the Georgia lottery, the rise of the Republican Party in Georgia, the Three Governors Controversy, Herman Talmadge's governorship, Jim Gillis's tenure as the director of the highway department, Roy Barnes and the Georgia flag controversy, Newt Gingrich, Max Cleland, and Shipp's career as a journalist.

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


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Biographical Note

William "Bill" Shipp was born in Marietta, Georgia, on August 16, 1933. He attended Emory University and the University of Georgia, where he was the managing editor of the Red and Black newspaper. In 1953, he wrote articles criticizing the decision by the Board of Regents and Governor Herman Talmadge to bar African-American Horace T. Ward from enrollment in UGA’s School of Law. The subsequent takeover of the paper by the Board of Regents led to Shipp's resignation. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. In 1956, Shipp joined the Atlanta Constitution, where he would go on to cover such subjects as the civil rights movement, the space program and numerous political campaigns and leaders. Shipp broke the story of Jimmy Carter's plan to run for the presidency. In 1987, Shipp left the newspaper to start Word Merchants; the company produced the weekly newsletter, “Bill Shipp's Georgia,” which was the first serious political journal on the Internet. His columns have appeared in numerous publications, and he was a member of the Georgia Gang, a televised discussion of current political events.


Scope and Content

In an interview at his home in Acworth, Georgia, Bill Shipp discusses the range of modern Georgia politics, with a particular emphasis on Georgia governors since 1946. Topics include race relations in Atlanta during the Civil Rights Movement, the fall of the county unit system, congressional reapportionment in Georgia, the race between Carl Sanders and Jimmy Carter in 1970, Leroy Johnson, Zell Miller and the Georgia lottery, the rise of the Republican Party in Georgia, the Three Governors Controversy, Herman Talmadge's governorship, Jim Gillis's tenure as the director of the highway department, Roy Barnes and the Georgia flag controversy, Newt Gingrich, Max Cleland, and Shipp's career as a journalist.


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Access Points

African Americans--Civil rights--Georgia.
Atlanta journal-constitution.
Barnes, Roy E. (Roy Eugene), 1948-
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Chambliss, Clarence Saxby, 1943-
Cleland, Joseph Maxwell, 1942-
Gingrich, Newt
Governors--Georgia--Election--1946.
Isakson, John Hardy (Johnny), 1944-
Johnson, Leroy Reginald, 1928-
Miller, Zell Bryan, 1932-
Murphy, Thomas Bailey, 1924-2007
Oral histories.
Red and Black (Athens, Ga.)
Sanders, Carl Edward, 1925-
School integration--Georgia.
Talmadge, Eugene, 1884-1946.
Talmadge, Herman E. (Herman Eugene), 1913-2002.
Thompson, M. E. (Melvin Ernest), 1903-1980.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 147 Bill Shipp video, 2013 March 20 VIEW ONLINE