Southern Progressive Senators

Kyle Longley and Clara Ruth Hayman discussed their biographies of two progressive southern senators and answered audience members'… read more

Kyle Longley and Clara Ruth Hayman discussed their biographies of two progressive southern senators and answered audience members' questions. 

Albert Gore, Sr., father of former Vice President Al Gore, Jr., served as a senator from Tennessee from 1938 until 1970. During his career he broke with other Southern Democrats to support the civil rights act of 1957, but opposed the 1964 act. Beginning in 1965 he opposed the Vietnam War and may have eventually lost his Senate seat in 1970 because of this. 

Howell Heflin was considered one of the last Franklin D. Roosevelt-style Southern Democrats. He was a highly decorated combat Marine in World War II and served as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court before going to the Senate, where he remained for 18 years. Clara Ruth Hayman is the widow of John Hayman, who died while working on the biography of Senator Heflin. Mrs. Hayman completed work on the book for her late husband.

Professor Longley is the author of Senator Albert Gore, Sr.: Tennessee Maverick, published by Louisiana State University Press. John Hayman is the author, with Clara Ruth Hayman, of A Judge in the Senate: Howell Heflin’s Career of Politics and Principle, published by NewSouth Books. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Southern Progressive Senators

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Format:
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Location:
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
First Aired:
Nov 6, 2004
Last Aired:
Dec 31, 2004

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  • Nov 06, 2004 | 1:30pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 14, 2004 | 5:54am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 31, 2004 | 8:00am EST | C-SPAN 2
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