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Collection Details


Collection Name: Behind the Veil Oral History Project Collection
Repository Name: Duke University. Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library. [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Durham, North Carolina, United States
URL: http://cds.aas.duke.edu/btv/menupagered.html
Dates Spanned: 1993-1995
Description: For three consecutive summers beginning in 1993, researchers from the Behind the Veil project at the Center for Documentary Studies fanned out across the south collecting oral histories from African Americans elders who lived and worked during the period of legal segregation. The researchers' goal was to create a documentary base for understanding the history of African American life in the Jim Crow South. The archive resulting from their efforts contains more than 1,200 taped interviews recorded in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida. The interviews were structured as life histories and as such, each covers a wide range of topics. Nevertheless, groups of interviews often unite thematically across a region, and some basic issues relating to community life, politics, race-relations, and religion emerge across the collection as a whole. The life of mine workers, for example, figures prominently in interviews completed in Kentucky and Birmingham, Alabama; the impact of black educational institutions stands out in interviews conducted in Enfield, North Carolina; and the ambiguities of segregation at work in the ethnic montage that is Louisiana reveal themselves in interviews made in New Orleans. Overall the collection offers rich information on such topics as labor, religious life, survival strategies, migration patterns, family life, childhood, education, recreation, business, civil rights and politics. FULLY AVAILABLE SOON.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 56
Broad Subjects: U.S. Politics; Human Rights; Life Styles; Politics
ASP Subjects: Civil rights movements--United States; Lifestyles; Oral history; Southern States; Southern States--Politics and government; Southern States--Social life and customs; United States
Collection Code: OHC0001732