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Georgia Politics / Democrats #441830

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 11, 1968
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(Studio) Justice Department sends federal observers into 3 Georgia cnties. to make sure Negroes weren't kept from voting in Demo primary. Demos badly split in Georgia; Wallace probably will win Georgia.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(Georgia) Governor Lester Maddox holds court twice month to hear complaints from "little people". [MADDOX - inquires of woman what her problem is.] [WOMAN - tells Maddox she wants her water tested as it came out blue. Shows him phial and asks him to drink it.] [MADDOX - says wouldn't touch it. Asks her if water is still blue.] [WOMAN - says no sir.] Georgia party split into Maddox who's trying to save past and militant blacks and moderate whites fighting to end future. Old Georgia disappearing.
REPORTER: Ron Nessen

(Atlanta, Georgia) City shown. Negro Church convention put up at city's fanciest hotel. South blacks and white moderates want room in Democratic Party [Ex-Governor Carl SANDERS - says had party of pols. not party of people. People will decide policies and then pols.] [MADDOX - says doesn't want Socialists and Communists to head Georgia Democratic Party Tries to keep out those who encourage draft-card burning, aiding Viet Cong and those who've been in Communist mtgs. leading to burning of our cities.] [Georgia representative Ben BROWN - says knows of no 1 in delegation who's burned draft card or engaged in looting and rioting. Major Negroes don't want to take over Georgia Democrats Want to help build more progressive and moderate party in Georgia.] Senator Herman Talmadge runs against Negro, Maynard Jackson, in primary.
REPORTER: Ron Nessen

(Brunswick, Georgia) Jackson shown campaigning. [JACKSON - cites rebirth of populism.] [TALMADGE - says Carmichael and others of his ilk have just about run their course. Thinks Negroes will join hands with whites and let county know rioting should have ceased long ago.] If Maddox and others go to Wallace or Republicans party would be managed by blacks and moderate whites.
REPORTER: Ron Nessen

Huntley, Chet;
Nessen, Ron

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