Myles Horton oral history interview, 1989 Dec. 15.


Myles Horton oral history interview, 1989 Dec. 15.

The collection consists of an oral history interview with Myles Horton on December 15, 1989 in which he discusses the Southern Conference For Human Welfare; Congress of Industrial Organizations organizing; black and white interaction; Southern Exposure; Operation Dixie and Highlander Folk Center; Frank Graham; Palmetto County; Zora Neale Hurston; Zilphia Horton; role of folk music; legal attacks on Highlander; Woody Guthrie; Pete Seeger; Stetson Kennedy's problems with U.S. immigration officials; use of popular language; personal assessment of Kennedy; and Alan Lomax.

1 audiotape ; cassette.Transcript (9 p.)


SNAC Resource ID: 7406229

Georgia State University

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Horton, Myles, 1905-1990 (person)

Myles Horton, founder of the Highlander Folk School (Mounteagle, Tenn.) and civil rights activist. From the description of Myles Horton oral history interview, 1989 Dec. 15. (Georgia State University). WorldCat record id: 38726954 ...

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Horton, Zilphia, 1910-1956 (person)

Director of Music, Highlander Folk School, Grundy County, Tennessee, 1935-1956; wife of school director Myles Horton. From the description of Zilphia Horton folk music collection, 1935-1956. (Tennessee State Library & Archives). WorldCat record id: 27089264 ...

Southern Conference for Human Welfare (corporateBody)

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Author, journalist, and civil rights activist; b. 1916. From the description of Stetson Kennedy collection, 1916-1950 [microform]. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122550492 From the description of Stetson Kennedy collection microform. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 238022799 From the description of Stetson Kennedy collection microform. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 238022716 Civil rights advocate, writer. From the description of Stets...

Graham, Frank Porter, 1886-1972 (person)

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