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Oral History Interview with Virginia Foster Durr, February 6, 1991. Interview A-0337. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    Civil rights activist Virginia Foster Durr describes her involvement in the nascent civil rights movement of the 1940s and 1950s. Durr was among those white elites, like Eleanor Roosevelt and Durr's husband Clifford, who supported black activists as they began organizing what would become the familiar civil rights movement of the 1960s. In this interview, she describes some of her experiences with the movement. Interested researchers will find here a snapshot of some of the activism that was taking place in the American South before the 1960s.
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  • Eleanor Roosevelt supports civil rights
  • Mary McLeod Bethune as "an African lioness"
  • Endurance of southern racism despite charismatic black leadership
  • Red-baiting in the 1950s
  • Civil rights movement attracts only elite whites
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  • Subjects
  • Civil rights--Alabama
  • Parks, Rosa, 1913-2005
  • The Southern Oral History Program transcripts presented here on Documenting the American South undergo an editorial process to remove transcription errors. Texts may differ from the original transcripts held by the Southern Historical Collection.

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