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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with James E. Holshouser Jr., June 4, 1998. Interview C-0328-4. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Failure of Holshouser's Mountain Management Act

Holshouser remembers with regret his inability to hold together a coalition to push through his Mountain Management Act.

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Oral History Interview with James E. Holshouser Jr., June 4, 1998. Interview C-0328-4. 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 FLEER:
Other than these sort of personnel decisions and the difficulty of making those and explaining it fairly to the people involved, were there any substantive or policy decisions that you wish you could have made more progress on or made progress on of any type?
JAMES E. HOLSHOUSER, JR.:
Well we talked before about the bear of getting the mountain area management act through. I think that was the single biggest disappointment in the four years. Because the coastal act had gotten through and we just couldn't hold together the coalition for the mountain act. I still think the mountains would be a lot better off if we had. Since that is my part of the state, I feel a special sense of disappointment about that. Even though if it had passed, knowing the mountaineers and their independence, a lot of them would still be fussing about Jim Holshouser probably. So in a sense of personal legacy they probably think better of me because of how things happened than if we had gotten it through.