Former Mississippi governor, William Winter, said he hopes that when people read his speeches, they'll get an idea of what it was like when he was in office.
The longtime Democrat says some of his favorite speeches talked about the dangers of political labels.
"There's a little liberal in all of us and a little conservative in all of us," said Winter. "And we tend to make too much of what those words symbolize."
Now, all of Winter's speeches have been compiled into one book, "The Measure of our Days, Writings of William Winter."
Winter discussed the book while in Meridian hosting a luncheon to help raise money for Merrehope.
The book was compiled by Winter's former aide, Andy Mullins, who spent a couple of years compiling the best of the governor's writings.
"It was a labor of love," said Mullins. "It took a lot of work over two years. I went through a hundred boxes, all of his personal papers and archives, sixty years worth of his writings."
Those writings, he hopes, give a fair understanding of Winter, the man.
Winter says he hopes readers will get a good idea of what the times were like when he was governor.
"I would hope they would get some understanding of the experiences we've had here in Mississippi," said Winter. "A lot of those speeches have to do with our past, with the progress we've made."