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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with H. M. Michaux, November 20, 1974. Interview A-0135. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Conservative candidates will jeopardize progressive legislation

With the rise of conservatism in the North Carolina House of Representatives, Michaux fears the loss of progressive measures.

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Oral History Interview with H. M. Michaux, November 20, 1974. Interview A-0135. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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JACK BASS:
What differences do you anticipate in the legislature next year, between that and this past year, past two years, where you had a substantial Republican minority. And that's gone. And yet the leadership in the house is generally perceived to be more or less conservative.
H. M. MICHAUX:
I hate to think about it. I really do. And I'm scared that the press, for instance, is going to come up and ask me some questions about that and I won't have an answer for them. Because I'm a little afraid of this next session of the general assembly because of the conservative leadership that's going to be there. I'm afraid also because with the Democratic majority that we have, we are going to have to be answerable to the people of the state. And it's going to depend on what the leadership sees as their role in relation to what the people of the state want. I can't make any assessment of it right now. I really can't. I just feel that progressive measures may be in jeopardy.