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Oral History Interview with Arthur Shores, July 17, 1974. Interview A-0021. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    Birmingham politician Arthur Shores offers his thoughts on the intersection of race and politics in his home city. Shores sees significant progress in Birmingham since the violence of the 1960s—in part because of that violence— and sees Birmingham citizens increasingly voting based on their interests rather than their race. He also shares his opinion of George Wallace, whom he sees as a political opportunist.
  • Suing to run for office in Birmingham
  • Bombings fail to intimidate Shores
  • Improvements in racial climate of Birmingham
  • Operation New Birmingham promotes progress in Birmingham
  • George Wallace as political opportunist
  • Birmingham violence actually helps civil rights movement
  • Prominent Birminham citizens meet to fix problems
  • Martin Luther King's direct action works where lawsuits do not
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  • Subjects
  • African American politicians--Alabama
  • Alabama--Politics and government
  • Democratic Party (Ala.)
  • Wallace, George C. (George Corley), 1919-
  • African Americans--Political activity
  • Alabama--Race relations
  • Civil rights--Alabama
  • King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
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