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In Their Own Words

March 26, 1933

Frustration with Legislature Expressed

Many of Georgia’s citizens were frustrated by the state legislature’s apparent lack of effort in dealing with the Great Depression. The legislative session had recently ended, with a lot of debate, but few meaningful bills passed. Dr. D. Witherspoon Dodge, in a March 26, 1933 sermon broadcast on an Atlanta radio station, gave strong voice to those frustrations. Dodge’s sermon was excerpted in the Atlanta Constitution:

“To those who watched this bunch of hoodlums, it seemed that they were mostly a set of overgrown, irresponsible children. Social life, not state business, was the order of the day and very much the order of the night. I have not heard whether they had a horseshoe plot near at hand, where they could retire when they needed fresh air, but there was hardly another game in which they did not engage while the most serious of state situations demanded their undivided attention. They did not represent the people of Georgia and they did not represent God … In their bacchanalian festivities they gave evidence of a return to pure barbarism. And with their imposture of ignorance, incompetence, and attempted magic they resembled a bunch of tom-tom beaters, shamans, and medicine men. They represented the very devil himself in the hell that they raised and in which they have left the critical affairs of our beloved state.”

Source: Atlanta Constitution, March 27, 1933.