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Sidney S. McMath, September 8, 1990. Interview A-0352.
Arkansas Governor Describes His Liberal Political View of the 1940s and 1950s: Sid McMath was the governor of Arkansas from 1949 to 1953. A staunch liberal Democrat, McMath advocated for the inclusion of African Americans in the Democratic Party and in higher education, challenged the patriarchal control of the power companies over the state, and improved infrastructure. Here, he describes his perception of the Dixiecrat revolt of 1948 and his belief that federal intervention was necessary to end Jim Crow segregation in the South.
Interviewee: Sidney S. McMath    Interviewer: John Egerton
Duration: 00:44:47     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 4 excerpts.