Title: Oral History Interview with Reubin Askew, July 8, 1974. Interview A-0045.
Interviewer: DeVries, Walter
Interviewee: Askew, Reubin
Subjects: Bumpers, Dale, 1925- School integration--Arkansas Florida--Politics and government Florida--Race relations Democratic Party (Fla.) Press and politics--Florida Trade-unions--Florida
Abstract: Reubin Askew, governor of Florida at the time of this interview, describes his approach to politics and comments on the political character of Florida and the American South. Askew was running for reelection at the time of this interview (a race he later won), and he uses it to celebrate his agenda, pointing to his successes in office and burnishing his image as a straight shooter. While he denies an interest in national politics, he sees the South, strengthened by economic growth, and southern politicians playing an increasingly important role in the United States.