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Southern Oral History Program

Works: 583 works in 592 publications in 1 language and 7,438 library holdings
Genres: History  Handbooks and manuals  Documentary films  Interviews  Oral histories 
Classifications: LC2741.N8, 907.2
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Long road to Brown, long road beyond : race and public education in North Carolina( Visual )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

North Carolinians have always shaped their schools to reflect and reinforce prevailing attitudes about race. Even today, fifty years after the Supreme Court's landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling, no single factor explains more about the dynamics of our schools. This documentary traces the issue of race and schools from the 1860s to the present. Voices of North Carolina parents, educators, students, and public leaders bring this history to life
Oral history : a practical guide by Southern Oral History Program( Book )

2 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oral history interview with Mabel Pollitzer, June 16, 1974 : interview G-0047-2, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Mabel Pollitzer( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the second of two interviews with Mabel Pollitzer of Charleston, South Carolina. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Pollitzer taught biology at an all-girls school for more than forty years during the first half of the twentieth century. As a young professional woman living in Charleston, Pollitzer became actively involved in the women's suffrage movement in the early 1910s. Here she describes in depth the role of Susan Pringle Frost as a prominent citizen of Charleston and as a leader within the women's suffrage movement as the first president of the Charleston Equal Suffrage League. Pollitzer explains the split within the women's suffrage movement that occurred when Alice Paul split off from the National American Woman Suffrage Association and formed the National Woman's Party, which both Pollitzer and Frost supported, and which advocated not only for women's suffrage but for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Pollitzer describes the split within the movement as it occurred in 1917. In addition, she describes some of the other causes she pursued as a teacher and community member, namely her effort to change school policies that led to the dismissal of female teachers when they married. Finally, she offers her thoughts on a list of South Carolina suffragists and where they aligned themselves when the movement split
Oral history interview with Jefferson M. Robinette, 1977 July : Interview H-41. Series H. Piedmont Industrialization. Southern Oral History Program Collection (H-4007) by Jefferson M Robinette( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oral history interview with Flossie Moore Durham, 1976 September 2 : Interview H-66. Series H. Piedmont Industrialization. Southern Oral History Program Collection (H-4007) by Flossie Moore Durham( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oral history interview with Ted Fillette, April 11, 2006 : interview U-0186, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Ted Fillette( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the second of two interviews with Ted Fillette, a southern lawyer who began working with the Legal Aid Society of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, in the early 1970s. The interview begins with Fillette's assessment of grassroots activism within Charlotte, North Carolina, neighborhoods in reaction to urban renewal in the mid-1970s. He describes how residents of the Biddleville neighborhood organized with the help of the Legal Aid Society of Mecklenburg County and explains how plans to demolish the run-down neighborhood were revised to provide better public housing for the existing residents. Fillette paints a bleak picture of life for low-income tenants living in Charlotte during the 1970s: when he arrived in 1973, low-income residents had no legal protections requiring that landlords repair damaged property. Subject to substandard living conditions and given no notice for evictions (which were often retaliatory in nature), low-income people in Charlotte found themselves victims of urban renewal programs. Moreover, federal welfare programs such as AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) and Medicaid often failed to provide relief within the parameters of federal regulatory processes. Fillette devotes considerable attention in this interview to a discussion of the legal and political measures taken to ameliorate these kinds of conditions. In so doing, he describes how court cases such as Alexander v. Hill and Taylor v. Hill of the 1970s aimed to provide medical care for the mothers of unborn children and to ensure that the needy would receive welfare payments in a timely manner. In addition, he describes how he helped lobby the North Carolina General Assembly to adopt the Residential Rental Agreements Act. Fillette describes the staunch resistance the advocates for welfare rights faced in the General Assembly, drawing attention to the adept political maneuvering it took to ensure the act's passage in 1977. Fillette also discusses how housing advocacy changed in the late 1980s and describes his work with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership (founded in 1988), which sought to meld business and leadership in order to encourage private investment in public housing so that the community was no longer reliant on federal and state subsidies. The interview concludes with Fillette's assessment of continuing disparities in social class in Mecklenburg County in the early twenty-first century. While acknowledging that marked progress had been made, Fillette worries that continuing wage gaps and inequality in public schools are indicative of continued tensions
Oral history interview with Ethelene McCabe Allen, May 21, 2006 : interview C-0314, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Ethelene McCabe Allen( )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ethelene McCabe Allen was born in 1934 to tenant farmers and spent most of her childhood moving around Wayne County and Johnson County, North Carolina. This interview is the first in a thirteen-part series of interviews conducted by her daughter, Barbara C. Allen. Allen opens the interview with a very brief discussion of moving around during her childhood as her father looked for the best tenant farming opportunities. She then turns to her family history, beginning with descriptions of her maternal grandparents as her own mother later recollected them to her. Allen explains how her grandmother died when her mother was only three years old. Raised by her father and stepmother, Allen's mother eventually had to leave school when her father died from tuberculosis and she lived intermittently with extended family until she married. Allen's father faced a similar upbringing, spending most of his adolescence working for and living with his uncle, who eventually ran off with the life insurance money his brother had left for his children. Allen speaks at length about her family's relationship with her paternal grandmother and with both her maternal and paternal aunts. In so doing, Allen offers researchers a window for viewing extended family networks and various dynamics--including class-related tensions--that characterized those networks. The interview concludes with a discussion of Allen's neighbor, Miss Mantha Smith, who was an especially influential figure in her childhood, instilling within Allen a profound religious faith that she carried into her adult years
Oral history interview with James Pharis, 1977 July 24 : Interview H-38. Series H. Piedmont Industrialization. Southern Oral History Program Collection (H-4007) by James Pharis( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oral history interview with Ted Fillette, March 2, 2006 : interview U-0185, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Ted Fillette( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first of two interviews with Ted Fillette, a southern lawyer who worked with the Legal Aid Society of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, beginning in the early 1970s. Fillette grew up in Mobile, Alabama, during the late 1940s and 1950s. Fillette begins the interview by describing his lack of awareness regarding the plight of African Americans in his own community, noting that he was a very sheltered child. He describes his limited perception of the civil rights movement during those years, explaining that he was sent to a private and racially segregated military school following the Brown decision. In addition, he describes his understanding of class differences and their intersection with race, an understanding he was able to develop more fully later on when he became more aware of social injustice. Fillette attended Duke University during the mid-1960s, at the height of the civil rights movement and student activism. After hearing Martin Luther King Jr. speak at Duke, Fillette was inspired to take action and become a fervent advocate of the movement. He joined the VISTA program after graduating and was sent to Boston, where he worked with the Massachusetts Welfare Rights Organization. Fillette explains that his experiences with VISTA revealed to him the obstacles facing impoverished people and the importance of legal and political intervention. During the early 1970s, Fillette attended law school at Boston University, spending one summer interning with an ACLU lawyer in Charlotte, North Carolina. After graduating in 1973, Fillette returned to Charlotte to accept a job with the Legal Aid Society of Mecklenburg County. Highly inspired by the strong civil rights advocacy of Judge James McMillan, Fillette became involved in offering legal assistance to people who were displaced by the city's new program of urban renewal. Fillette describes his work on important cases, including the Margaret Green Harris v. HUD case, which resulted in a resolution that displaced people must be offered alternative housing. The interview concludes with his description of his work with Charlotte's Cherry neighborhood during the 1970s, which resulted in finding alternatives to demolition in the form of public housing
Oral history interview with Mildred Price Coy, April 26, 1976 : interview G-0020, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Mildred Price Coy( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1976, historian Mary Frederickson interviewed white civil rights activist Mildred Price Coy about the development of her egalitarian ideals, her involvement in various justice movements during the twentieth century, and the societal changes she witnessed. At the time of the interview, Coy and her husband, Harold Coy, were living in Mexico with a group of expatriates who had fled McCarthyism and the Red Scare. Coy begins the interview with a history of the Price family. Though Coy had repudiated many of the social ideals she learned as a child, she still seems to feel great pride in the fact that she descends from several generations of southerners. She describes how her family dealt with the economic destruction following the Civil War and theorizes how that experience influenced how her grandmother raised her children. During Coy's childhood, her father moved the family back and forth between nearby towns and the family farm. Though they owned almost as little as their tenants, she remembers feeling superior to the children whose parents worked her father's land. Coy describes her father as a very lonely man who could not connect to his peers or his family. She did enjoy a warm relationship with her mother, however. Her parents shared a commitment to education for their children, and though both had been raised in religious families, faith played only a small role in Coy's childhood. Coy says that as she and her siblings grew older, the girls tended to become more racially liberal while the boys remained very conservative. Because there was no high school near their farm, Coy's parents sent her to live with her uncle in Miami, Florida. After graduation, she attended the North Carolina College for Women for three years, which she remembers as being very supportive and thought-provoking. She transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but she did not have the same connection to UNC that she had to the women's college. After graduating from UNC, Coy worked for several years in various rural school districts around North Carolina. Louise Leonard McLaren then recruited her to work as a secretary for the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA). Her first job for the YWCA was in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she worked with local female shoe workers who, while unwilling to join a union, seemed to appreciate her presence. Though she acknowledges that the YWCA did radically change southern society, she does not believe that it went as far as it could have. Coy went on to found the Southern Schools for Workers with Lois McDonald
Oral history interview with Quinton E. Baker, February 23, 2002 : interview K-0838, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Quinton E Baker( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quinton E. Baker reflects on how his identity as a black gay man influenced his social activism, especially his role in the 1960s civil rights protests. He begins by describing his childhood in the segregated South, noting that he had little contact with whites while growing up. He knew at a young age that he was different from most other boys, as did his father, who tried to make him adopt a more traditional masculine identity. After graduating from high school, Baker enrolled at North Carolina Central University, where he became active in civil rights protests. He also taught nonviolent protest in Chapel Hill, where he befriended Pat Cusick and John Dunne, two student activists. A short time later, Baker began a sexual relationship with Dunne. Baker hoped to find acceptance within the white gay community, but he says that race affected those relationships, as well. Baker was arrested multiple times during the Chapel Hill protests, and the judge, who was frustrated by how little prison time he could give the students, used court time to further punish the activists. Baker and Dunne ended their relationship before going to prison. The few months Baker spent in prison changed his life's trajectory. He eventually graduated from the University of Wisconsin. After living in Boston for a while, Baker decided to return to North Carolina, where he became involved in community affairs again. At the time of the interview, he continued to fight for social justice in the arena of health care
Oral history interview with Virginia Foster Durr, March 13, 14, 15, 1975 : interview G-0023-2, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) by Virginia Foster Durr( )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this fast-paced 1975 interview, Virginia Foster Durr and her husband Clifford banter back and forth as Clifford reminds Virginia of stories, names and significant events throughout the conversation. The interview begins where the previous one left off: with Virginia's growing awareness of social problems in the South, particularly of the evils of poverty. During the early 1930s, they faced a great many changes. Her brother-in-law Hugo Black returned to the Senate, and her mother had to be hospitalized because of depression. When Clifford lost his job in a Birmingham attorney office, he accepted a position with the Reconstruction Finance Corporation in Washington, D.C. After they arrived in Washington, she attempted to join the social milieu. One day, however, she decided she had had enough of all the receptions and joined the women's division of the Democratic Party to work with Eleanor Roosevelt. She became involved with issue of the poll tax, having herself been unable to vote several times because of it. Through their various activities, the Durrs befriended Clark Foreman, Lyndon Johnson, John L. and Katheryn Lewis, Tallulah Bankhead and other young New Dealers. The La Follette Committee hearings following the brutal attack on Joe Gelders drove Virginia to recognize how complicit her family and friends were in the violence and injustice occurring across the South. As a result, she helped organize the Southern Conference for Human Welfare in 1938. She also met Mary McLeod Bethune, and in the interview, she tells stories about how Bethune handled the racial segregation in various places they went, often undermining it in clever ways. As both the Durrs became increasingly involved in the New Deal actions, they became aware of the growing anti-Communist feeling that was spreading across the United States. In the interview, they discuss various manifestations of the growing hysteria, including Truman's loyalty oath, which ultimately drove Clifford from public office. Still hopeful and idealistic, Durr campaigned for Henry Wallace, the Progressive candidate, in 1948
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Center for the Study of the American South. Southern Oral History Program

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