Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Biographer William Anderson, Athens native and former president of an advertising agency in Atlanta, wrote that Marion Allen was "Roosevelt's man" in Georgia, and soon after the 4th of July 1936 barbeque and picnic at which Talmadge announced that he was running for Senator to "protect Georgia" (against the New Deal and the Roosevelt Democrats) it was Allen who announced that he was running Senator Russell's campaign for re-election.
Gene Talmadge announced in response that not only would he not have a manage, but that he would have no headquarters. He was confident that his populist approach and network of farmers and county organizations would help him carry the day. The Russell organization had another problem in their campaign, in that the other Senator, Walter F. George, at first refused to back Williams in the Senate race.
Although at times the biography seems to bog down in dry prose and overwhelming detail, the dynamic of Georgia state and county politics is well depicted in Anderson's The Wild Man from Sugar Creek. I think the reading will "heat up." By the way, Anderson's The coming Republican rout has been recommended by a University of Georgia, Athens Libertarian Club.

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