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Interviewee:Virginia Foster Durr
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Virginia Foster Durr, February 6, 1991. Interview A-0337.
The Early Stages of the Civil Rights Movement: Civil rights activist Virginia Foster Durr describes her involvement in the nascent civil rights movement of the 1940s and 1950s.
Interviewee: Virginia Foster Durr    Interviewer: John Egerton
Duration: 01:32:35     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 5 excerpts.
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Virginia Foster Durr, March 13, 14, 15, 1975. Interview G-0023-1.
Emerging from a Cocoon: How Virginia Foster Durr Became a Civil Rights Activist: Virginia Foster Durr discusses her early life and how she became aware of the social justice problems plaguing twentieth-century America. In this first part of a three-interview series, Durr describes her life on the plantation when she was a child; race issues in Birmingham, where she grew up; and how her views began to change when she left Birmingham to attend Wellesley College.
Interviewee: Virginia Foster Durr    Interviewer: Jacquelyn Hall, Sue Thrasher
Duration: 06:16:45     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 39 excerpts.
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Virginia Foster Durr, March 13, 14, 15, 1975. Interview G-0023-2.
Emerging from a Cocoon: How Virginia Foster Durr Became a Civil Rights Activist: In this fast-paced 1975 interview, Virginia Foster Durr remembers her growing awareness of social problems in the South, and continues sharing her life stories through 1948. Along with her husband Clifford Durr, Virginia recounts their move to Washington, D.C., particularly her disaffection with social society and her transition to political action.
Interviewee: Virginia Foster Durr    Interviewer: Sue Thrasher
Duration: 07:11:08     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 41 excerpts.
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Virginia Foster Durr, October 16, 1975. Interview G-0023-3.
Virginia Foster Durr on the Southern Response to the New Deal: This is the final interview in a series of three with Virginia Foster Durr. Since the previous session, Clifford Durr had died, making the interview feel very different from the two in which he had taken part. The interview begins with Durr's growing awareness of racial matters and her activism during their life among the New Dealers in Washington, D.C. Among the topics she touches on are the anti-communism of the 1950s, sexual discrimination on Capitol Hill, and the southern reaction to Roosevelt's New Deal policies.
Interviewee: Virginia Foster Durr    Interviewer: Sue Thrasher
Duration: 11:40:12     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 41 excerpts.