Title: Oral History Interview with David Pryor, June 13, 1974. Interview A-0038.
Interviewer: DeVries, Walter
Interviewee: Pryor, David
Subjects: Arkansas--Politics and government Arkansas--Economic conditions Democratic Party (Ark.)
Abstract: In this interview, Arkansas Democrat David Pryor discusses politics and the Democratic Party in Arkansas and the South. Pryor won seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate; shortly after this interview was conducted, he won the governorship of Arkansas, which he held from 1975 to 1979. Pryor sees himself as part of a new tradition in Arkansas politics, one started by former Governor Winthrop Rockefeller and continued by Dale Bumpers. He does not explicitly describe this new tradition, but he does describe his political philosophy throughout the interview: he believes in personal, face-to-face politics, wants to advocate for Arkansans against predatory business interests, and wants to take an active role in bringing about social and economic change.