Herman Talmadge:
Somehow, the blacks trusted a white southerner to try to help them. They figured that the white northerner would give them lip service only, which was true. Perry and I would try to help them. These other officer wouldn't. So there's always been a relationship there of trust between blacks and whites in the South. That's not true and wasn't true in other areas of the country, and I don't think it's true today. That's one reason Jimmy Carter was nominated by the Democratic Party, whenever it was, when he was elected president.
Interviewer:
1976.
Herman Talmadge:
Even though they figured he was a southern redneck, they figured they could trust him. 'Course, he wasn't portraying redneck views in those days. I don't know what that relationship is, but it's been historically true in this country.

- Herman Talmadge, Georgia's governor from 1948 to 1955 and senator from 1957 to 1981

Interview with Herman Talmadge by John Egerton, November 8, 1990, Interview A-0347, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection #4007, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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