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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Virginia Foster Durr, March 13, 14, 15, 1975. Interview G-0023-2. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Durr discusses work and family

As the poll tax committee changed from a division of the Southern Conference to a nationally oriented organization, Durr devoted increasing amounts of energy to the cause, affecting the amount of time she spent with her children.

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Oral History Interview with Virginia Foster Durr, March 13, 14, 15, 1975. Interview G-0023-2. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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SUE THRASHER:
Did you do much speaking, then? Did you travel and speak?
VIRGINIA FOSTER DURR:
Well, I had a family by that time, you know, a pretty large family. I did some speaking, but not a whole lot. I did some, but I used to raise money a lot. Oh, Lord, what did I do? I lobbied and I raised money and I went to meetings and I just worked and worked. It became a kind of . . .Cliff thought that it became a sort of an obsession with me. The children would say, "Oh, Poll Tax!" I was just reading Bleak House, about Mrs. Jellaby, you know, and her African project. I often wonder if my children didn't feel the same way. They hated it so.