Oral Histories

Interview of Charles G. Gant

Member of the Democratic County Central Committee of Orange County, president of the Santa Ana Democratic Club, and director of the California Democratic Council for the Thirty-fifth Congressional District.
Subtitle:
The California Democratic Council and Grass-Roots Politics
Topic:
Politics and Government
Interviewer:
Taylor, Saundra B.
Interviewee:
Gant, Charles G.
Persons Present:
Gant and Taylor.
Place Conducted:
Grant's home in Santa Ana, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Saundra Taylor, Librarian, Department of Special Collections, UCLA Library; B.A., M.A., history, UCLA; M.L.S., School of Library Service, UCLA.
Processing of Interview:
Saundra Taylor edited the transcripts. The transcript of the interviews was checked against the original tape recordings by the interviewer and edited for punctuation, paragraphing, correct spelling and verification of proper and place names. The edited transcript was returned to Gant for correction and/or verification of names and dates. The completed manuscript retains the original sequence of the taped sessions. Any addition of words or phrases made by the editor but not actually spoken by the interviewee have been bracketed.
Length:
3.5 hrs.
Language:
English
Copyright:
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Abstract:
Initial involvement with California Democratic politics, 1957; attendance at California Democratic Council (CDC) convention, 1960; president, Santa Ana Democratic Club, 1960-61; CDC director, Thirty-fifth Congressional District, 1963-65; manager, CDC convention, Long Beach, 1964; CDC organizational structure, its role in Democratic Party politics in 1960s; CDC decline, 1970s; discussion of notable political personalities: Alan Cranston, Pierre Salinger, Simon Casady, Richard Richards, Thomas Kuchel; Orange County politics; Negro Political Action Association.