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Oral History Interview with Ferrel Guillory, December 11, 1973. Interview A-0123. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    Political journalist Ferrel Guillory describes the state of party politics in North Carolina. This interview has two principal foci. The first is the political character—and shortcomings—of Republican Governor Jim Holshouser. Guillory describes Holshouser as essentially moderate, but his moderation seems due in part to the fact that the governor seems to focus on the minutiae of government operation rather than ideology. The second is the shockwaves that GOP victories in 1972 sent through the Democratic Party and Democrats' largely unsuccessful efforts to find direction.
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  • Republican Jesse Helms's 1972 North Carolina senatorial victory
  • Race plays a role in North Carolina despite the state's progressive image
  • Various influences on North Carolina politics
  • Both traditional Republicans and disenchanted Democrats vote GOP
  • Conservative GOP with an unideological leader in Governor Jim Holshouser
  • Holshouser aims to demonstrate GOP competence
  • Democrats in disarray following their 1972 electoral losses
  • Democrats in disarray following their 1972 electoral losses
  • Holshouser may keep North Carolina from reactionary conservatism
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  • Subjects
  • North Carolina--Race relations
  • Wallace, George C. (George Corley), 1919-
  • North Carolina--Politics and government
  • Republican Party (N.C.)
  • Helms, Jesse
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