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Guion Griffis Johnson, August 19, 1974. Interview G-0029-1.
The Work of a Female Academic at the University of North Carolina, 1923 to 1934: Guion Griffis Johnson was among the first generation of female professional historians and a pioneer of social history. In this interview, she discusses the work she did for Dr. Howard Odum of the University of North Carolina sociology department from 1923 until 1934. She also describes the research she did on St. Helena's Island and on antebellum North Carolina while working toward her Ph.D. She explains how she lost her job at the University of North Carolina in 1930 but continued to work until she and her husband transferred to Baylor College in 1934.
Interviewee: Guion Griffis Johnson    Interviewer: Mary Frederickson, Jacquelyn Hall
Duration: 01:00:11     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 6 excerpts.
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Guion Griffis Johnson, May 17, 1974. Interview G-0029-2.
Southern Sociologist Discusses Work, Family, and Marriage: Guion Griffis Johnson, a southern sociologist who received her Ph.D. in sociology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1927, discusses the challenges she faced as she balanced career and family as a woman. Johnson describes women's changing roles in American society, and addresses her involvement in voluntary organizations, advances in birth control and abortion, and the evolving nature of marriage, divorce, and family.
Interviewee: Guion Griffis Johnson    Interviewer: Mary Frederickson, Mary Frederickson
Duration: 01:27:39     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 9 excerpts.
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Guion Griffis Johnson, May 28, 1974. Interview G-0029-3.
A Southern Sociologist Describes Her Education and Her Work in Race Relations: Renowned southern sociologist Guion Griffis Johnson discusses her education, her work with the Institute for Research in Social Sciences, her participation in the Carnegie-Myrdal Study of the Negro in America, and the challenges of being a woman academic during the 1920s and 1930s. Throughout the interview, she emphasizes the challenges and experiences of academics with progressive views of race and gender during that era.
Interviewee: Guion Griffis Johnson    Interviewer: Mary Frederickson
Duration: 02:04:40     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 8 excerpts.
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Guion Griffis Johnson, July 1, 1974. Interview G-0029-4.
Southern Sociologist Discusses Her Roles in Issues of Social Justice: Southern sociologist Guion Griffis Johnson describes her work with the Georgia Conference on Social Welfare during the 1940s and her involvement with the women's movement and civil rights activism during the 1960s and 1970s in North Carolina. She discusses strategies for effecting change, the achievements of the Georgia Conference in promoting awareness of social welfare and race-related issues, and the progress of women and African Americans in their struggle for equality.
Interviewee: Guion Griffis Johnson    Interviewer: Mary Frederickson
Duration: 02:38:58     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 11 excerpts.