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Southern Oral History Program

Works: 583 works in 592 publications in 1 language and 7,436 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 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 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 Virginia Foster Durr, March 13, 14, 15, 1975 : interview G-0023-1, 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

Virginia Foster Durr discusses her early life and how she became aware of the social justice problems plaguing twentieth-century America. Descended from a wealthy southern family that emigrated to Alabama during the early 1800s, she begins by telling stories she heard from her grandmother about life in the antebellum South. She explains what life was like on the plantation when she was a child, focusing on race relations between her family and the black workers employed by her grandmother. Her grandmother practiced noblesse oblige, giving gifts and parties to the poorer white and black families in her community. Throughout the interview, Durr reflects on her relationship with her father, addressing his disappointment in the fact that she was a girl and listing his various disciplinary methods. While Durr's parents carefully maintained an aura of condescending tolerance toward the blacks they employed, not all of her relatives were as gentle. After the death of her grandmother, Durr's parents advanced in Birmingham society, joining the country club and other social organizations. She repeatedly returns to the issues surrounding southern female gender identity, especially for elite women. She talks about how her social circle dealt with issues of sexuality and describes the racial and class divisions that ran through Birmingham during her youth. As teenagers, Durr and her sister Josephine, along with many other young southern belles, were sent to New York City for finishing and socialization. While there, Josephine met and married Hugo Black, the future Supreme Court Justice. Durr asserts that while her sister and Hugo Black had a happy marriage, the relationship stifled something within her sister. Nevertheless, the other women in her family never questioned the roles and even averred that women who fought for more rights had immoral reasons. Durr managed to convince her parents to send her to Wellesley for two years. While there, she began to question many of the assumptions that had governed her relationships and behaviors while in Alabama. Because of financial problems, Durr left Wellesley after her sophomore year, returning home to spend a year as a debutante. When she failed to find an eligible offer that year, she took a job at the law library, where she met her future husband, Clifford
Oral history interview with Emma Whitesell, 1977 July 27 : [Interview H-57.] Series H. Piedmont Industrialization. Southern Oral History Program Collection (H-4007) by Emma Whitesell( )

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

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 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 Ethelene McCabe Allen, May 21, 2006 : interview C-0316, 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 third in a thirteen-part series of interviews conducted by her daughter, Barbara C. Allen. In this interview, Allen focuses on describing her childhood and relationships within her family. Beginning with a brief description of her parents' relationship, Allen moves to a discussion of how her parents disciplined their children. Allen recalls that while her parents exercised stern discipline, she and her siblings were never treated cruelly. Overall, Allen describes a happy childhood, although she also contends that her parents never displayed overt affection towards their children. Throughout the interview, Allen offers numerous anecdotes regarding her parents' work as tenant farmers, their leisure activities, and her mother's efforts to abide by prescribed gender ideals for domestic work. She briefly describes the effects of her father's death in 1958, when her mother and her younger brother had to assume the duties of the family's farm. Most of the interview, however, centers around Allen's memories from her childhood during the 1930s and 1940s. Researchers will be especially interested in Allen's vivid recollections about her upbringing for their ability to shed light on the kinds of family dynamics that were characteristic of typical tenant farming families during this era
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 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

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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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