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Andrew Young Interviewee: New Orleans, Louisiana, 1981 July 18 [Box 140, Item 7, Side 1]
Topics include: Jimmy Carter and Young's work campaigning for Carter's presidency, his initial interest in working for the United Nations.
00:00 - Tom Dent interviews Andrew Young. He continues discussing his time in Congress and the election of Jimmy Carter. Jonathan Power of the Herald Tribune had previously worked with SCLC and interviewed Young about the 'New South.' Young talked about Americans not thinking ideologically. Power told then Governor Carter about Young's comments, saying that Young said Carter was 'ideologically ignorant.' The comments upset Carter and he told Carol Muldawer. Young met with Carter to talk about the comments and suggested he run for president. Carter was already thinking about it.05:40 - Young thought he had a good chance to stop [George] Wallace. He visited with Carter at the governor's mansion. Young told Carter he could count on his support through the Florida primary. He explained the comments he had made to Power.07:30 - Carter had begun working with the Democratic Party Campaign Committee in 1974. A black student in a meeting in California asked Carter about his thoughts on Rhodesia and South Africa. He asked Young for a position paper on the subject. Young had been involved in preparing an amendment regarding Angola.13:00 - Carter understood race relations and Young's views on U.S. involvement in Africa. Young developed his own opinions about Africa. Young was in on the 'ground floor' of Carter's administration. Carter also included African Americans Jesse Hill and Herman Russell in his financial planning. Young was impressed by the level of Carter's black support.15:54 - Young was the only elected official present Carter announced he would run for president. He introduced him. People made a joke of Carter's candidacy. Prior to that, Young introduced Carter to Walter Mondale. He thought they would be a good presidential ticket.18:30 - Young had developed his own 'Southern Strategy,' helping good Congressmen from the South 'to emerge and to be reelected. He was often invited to speak and used that platform. He spoke in Miami, knowing that the Florida primary would determine which Southerner would be on the ticket and possibly the president.21:45 - Young started his own campaign on Carter's behalf. He organized the labor vote, the black community, and young people. He traveled to Massachusetts with Carter and to Iowa.25:30 - Dent felt Carter introduced him to the black community and legitimized his candidacy. Young elaborates. He also introduced Carter to the United Auto Workers in Florida, working with Bill Dodd, Herb Green, and Leonard Woodcock. Jimmy Carter and Scoop Jackson came out of the Massachusetts primary as strong contenders. Carter's presence in the primary kept Wallace from winning.29:40 - Young told Woodcock that Carter could win. He also sold him to the key preachers in the black community throughout the country.[Recording ends 31:34, continues on Side 2.]
Young, Andrew, 1932-
Carter, Jimmy 1924-
Tulane University Digital Library
Amistad Research Center
Audiocassette, mono. 16-bit
Box 140, Item 7, Side 1, Tom Dent collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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