Have a listen: The Georgia Loyalist Delegate Challenge at the 1968 Democratic National Convention

JULIAN BOND TALKS ABOUT SEATING FOR GEORGIA DELEGATION IN CHICAGO, wsbn54386, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 1483, 33:50/35:18, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga, https://dlg.usg.edu/record/ugabma_wsbn_wsbn54386

Exciting news for our colleague Donnie Summerlin!

Our Digital Projects Archivist Donnie Summerlin recently appeared on the Political Junkie podcast to discuss an article he recently wrote, “‘We Represented the Best of Georgia in Chicago’: The Georgia Loyalist Delegate Challenge at the 1968 Democratic National Convention” which appeared in the Fall 2019 issue of the Georgia Historical Quarterly. Ken Rudin, who has hosted the Political Junkie podcast since 2013, is the former political editor for National Public Radio (NPR).

The episode is available at https://www.krpoliticaljunkie.com/episode-338/

Donnie Summerlin’s segment begins at the 36:00 minute mark.

The discussion revolves around how, in August 1968, a group of dissident Georgia Democrats organized a challenge to the state’s certified delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The challenge began as a protest of the politics of segregationist governor Lester Maddox by moderates in the state Democratic party, but it transitioned into a cooperative effort between Georgia’s civil rights and antiwar movement activists to undermine the autocratic influence of party leaders in determining who would represent them at the convention. State representative and civil rights activist Julian Bond led the credentials fight in Chicago that ultimately resulted in the Loyalist challengers earning half the state’s delegates from the party regulars and Bond, himself, becoming the first African American nominated for vice president by a major party in the United States. This effort illustrated the Georgia Democratic Party’s bumpy transition from a conservative organization to a liberal one in the second half of the twentieth century. Additionally, the challenge was a significant event in the eventual reformation and democratization of the Democratic Party’s national delegate and presidential candidate selection process.

Congratulations to Donnie, and thanks to Ken Rudin for a great podcast!

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Historic Dalton Scrapbook Now Freely Available at Digital Library of Georgia

CONTACT: Deborah Hakes, dhakes@georgialibraries.org, 404-852-5547

DALTON, Ga — An historic scrapbook documenting the history and progress of the city of Dalton has been digitized and added to the Digital Library of Georgia. Funding for this project was provided by Georgia HomePLACE, the digitization unit of the Georgia Public Library Service, in partnership with the Northwest Georgia Regional Library System.

The scrapbook is a window into Dalton’s past. Created by representatives of civic organizations and community leaders, the scrapbook was part of a submission package to the Georgia Power Company’s 1949 Champion Home Town Contest. The book includes many black-and-white photographs of Dalton during the late 1940s, as well as hundreds of newspaper clippings, typescript documents, and original illustrations all boosting the city’s prolific textile industry. Emblazoned in chenille on the clothbound scrapbook cover are the words, “Dalton, Ga., Bedspread Center of the World.”

“The textile industry and the mill village culture unites many Georgians,” explains Darla Chambliss, Director of the Northwest Georgia Regional Library System. “We are delighted to partner with HomePLACE to provide greater access to this “fuzzy and irreplaceable piece of history” for many, many neighbors and friends.”

The scrapbook provides details about Dalton’s business and industry, education, agriculture, tourism, and municipal development. Researchers, historians, and genealogists will find rich source material, including economic reports, club rosters, and before-and-after shots of building and infrastructure improvements around town. K-12 students and educators can use these local, historical  materials to supplement social studies curricula.

“The scrapbook a reminder of the broader, national sense of lively small town pride and civic engagement endemic to the post-war years,” says HomePLACE Director Angela Stanley. “Viewing artifacts such as this through the lens of history, we can ask important questions about which citizens are included in its pages–and which aren’t.”

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Georgia HomePLACE encourages public libraries and related institutions to participate in the Digital Library of Georgia. HomePLACE offers a highly collaborative model for digitizing primary source collections related to local history and genealogy. HomePLACE is supported with federal Library Services and Technology Act funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Based at the University of Georgia Libraries, the Digital Library of Georgia is a GALILEO initiative that collaborates with Georgia’s libraries, archives, museums and other institutions of education and culture to provide digital access to key information resources on Georgia history, culture and life. The Digital Library of Georgia also serves as Georgia’s service hub for the Digital Public Library of America and as the home of the Georgia Newspaper Project, the state’s historic newspaper microfilming project.

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