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Interview with Stacey Abrams, June 9, 2015

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia
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00:00:44 - Growing up in Mississippi / Relationship with family

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Partial Transcript: You're an attorney, a nationally-known legislator, the Democratic Party minority leader in the Georgia House of Representatives, a businesswoman, a writer, a teacher, and recipient of several national awards for your outstanding public service.

Segment Synopsis: Abrams discusses what her childhood was like in Mississippi, describing the challenges that came with it, such as issues of race and of poverty. She then details her thoughts on each of her family members, including how they inspire her to pursue success.

Keywords: Aniston Avenue Elementary; Leslie Abrams; Madison, Wisconsin; church; feminism; school; service

00:07:38 - Higher education and law school

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Partial Transcript: You attended Spelman College.

Segment Synopsis: Abrams remembers her years attending Spelman College and the University of Texas, explaining how those experiences impacted her outlook on government and politics. Abrams briefly mentions her time in law school at Yale.

Keywords: Ann Richards; Barbara Jordan; Elspeth Rostow; Johnetta Cole; Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs; Morehouse College; Truman Scholarship; student body president

00:10:45 - Legal and business careers

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Partial Transcript: Where to from there?

Segment Synopsis: Abrams talks about her experiences with tax law and public administration after graduating from law school. She then describes the various businesses she started up afterward, from consulting firms to a bottled water company.

Keywords: Insomnia Consulting; John Simon; Laura Hodgeson; Linda Desantis; NOWaccount; Nourish, Inc.; Sage Works; Shirley Franklin; Sutherland, Asbill, & Brennan; consulting firm; deputy city attorney; non-profit tax attorney; public development; tax policy

00:15:41 - Writing novels / Running for House seat

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Partial Transcript: Well, we can't forget about your career as an author.

Segment Synopsis: Abrams discusses her hobby of writing novels, explaining why she writes and how she gets her books published. Abrams also touches upon her first run for the Georgia House of Representatives to fill a vacant seat.

Keywords: George Maddox; Harper Collins; JoAnn McClinton; St. Martin's Press; legal thriller; librarian; redistricting; social justice; spy novel; storytelling