Race relations

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The U.S. military was officially integrated after World War II in 1948. This project focuses on the lives and careers of servicemen, specifically their personal experiences during the process of racial desegregation in the military. Discussed are the racial tension in various units, how racist...

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The Robert Penn Warren Civil Rights Oral History Project is a collection of interviews concerning the Civil Rights movement and the socioeconomic, cultural, and political struggles of African Americans. Conducted in 1964 by Robert Penn Warren, a Kentucky native and the first poet laureate of the...

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This project focuses on racial issues in Owensboro, Kentucky. Interviewees, including ministers, students, city officials, educators, and musicians, discuss racial segregation and integration in Owensboro. Other topics include attitudes towards racism, school system and the importance of...

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This is a collection of interviews with Warren Rosenthal, focusing on his life and many achievements. Born in Paducah, Kentucky in 1923, Rosenthal discusses his childhood, family, and higher education at the Paducah Junior College and later the University of Kentucky. Rosenthal also served in...

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This project consists of interviews concerning the Gender and Women's Studies program at UK. Interviewees talk about the challenge of developing the GWS program with limited resources, their goals, and professionalizing and increasing the credibility of the program. Also discussed are...

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A native of Paris, Kentucky, Edward F. Prichard Jr. (1915--1984) graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. He was a law clerk for United States Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, a member of the White House staff during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration, and an...

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This project concerns the history of interscholastic sports in Kentucky during the twentieth century. Former coaches, athletic directors, and athletes discuss football, baseball, basketball, swimming, soccer, girls' and boys' athletics, race relations, coaching philosophies, and...

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The Kentucky Mountain Club, established in 1929, provides a social function for eastern Kentuckians who move to Lexington. The club, which has had as many as 1,500 members, sponsors dances and social events and provides employment contacts. It shipped food, clothing, and money to eastern...

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This project focuses on African American culture during the time of segregated park systems in Lexington, Kentucky. These interviews, originally conducted by Boyd Shearer, Jr. for a multimedia presentation, contain descriptions of African American park activities, particularly in Douglass Park....

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This collection focuses specifically on the experiences of African American women in Kentucky. Interviewees discuss their family, childhood, friends, and experiences in college. Specifically discussed is the integration of African Americans into traditionally all white schools, as well as...

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