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WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Fulton County Young Republican president Mr. Thornwell speaking to a reporter about civil rights legislation, about mayor Ivan Allen, and about senator Barry Goldwater in Atlanta, Georgia, 1963 October

@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)


In this WSB newsfilm clip from October 1963, the president of the Fulton County Young Republican Club, identified as Mr. Thornwell, speaks to a reporter about proposed civil rights legislation; Atlanta mayor Ivan Allen; and senator Barry Goldwater's chances for election in the 1964 presidential campaign. The visual portion of the clip is inconsistent and fades in and out several times; also some questions and responses are not completely recorded.The clip begins with Mr. Thornwell speaking to a reporter about the public accommodations portion of the proposed civil rights legislation under congressional consideration. Thornwell believes that public accommodations laws are "aimed at destroying and undermining private property rights" and asserts "the majority of the citizens have rights which should not be taken away at the expense of any minority." The reporter appears to test the microphone before asking Thornwell to comment on Atlanta mayor Ivan Allen's testimony about the civil rights legislation to the Senate Commerce Committee on July 26,1963. Thornwell condemns Allen's testimony as "a turn-coat performance" to court political advantage with president John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert F. Kennedy. He claims that the passage of the public accommodations law will hamper the current racial harmony, which was achieved through the efforts of leaders of both races. He further suggests that Allen's political future in Georgia may be limited and that Allen hopes president Kennedy will appoint him to a federal position. Thornwell anticipates Allen's political efforts with the Kennedys will fail because Georgia will vote for...

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Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

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Digital Library of Georgia