Conducting research for their book Mississippi Politics: The Struggle for Power, 1976-2006, authors Jere Nash and Andy Taggart recorded 84 oral interviews with 60 individuals, whose numbers included governors, members of Congress, state legislators, state officials, state party leaders, political candidates, staff members, lawyers, and lobbyists. The subject of discussions range from state political parties, national and state elections, individual politicians, educational reform, the state highway program, gambling, tort reform, and reapportionment.
The authors conducted several additional interviews for the second edition, Mississippi Politics: The Struggle for Power, 1976-2008, which included a new chapter on recent development.
The collection also includes transcripts prepared for the authors for 38 of the recordings. Warning note: researchers should only use the transcripts as a guide, since spelling errors and other inaccuracies are frequent.
Please note that although descriptions for all of the collection’s recordings are available to anyone on the internet, researchers may only access the recordings via onsite computer terminals in the J.D. Williams Library.
For more detailed information, see the Nash & Taggart Collection finding aid. For other politically-related holdings at the Archives & Special Collections, see the Politics & Government Subject Guide.
The preservation of recordings in this collection is the result of a project supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this website do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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