Mississippi Humanities Council
Mississippi Department of Archives and History
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
406 Hamilton Hall
||University of North Carolina-Chapel
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3195
||Jacquelyn D. Hall, director
||Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00
p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
||The library is open to
the general public. The staff will make copies of
tapes and transcripts. Inquire about fees.
1. Southern Politics Oral History
The Bass-DeVries Interviews was a project interviewing political
leaders, journalists, editors, party officials, political
scientists, campaign directors, union officials, civil rights
leaders, and congresspersons from eleven southern states,
including Mississippi. The interviews were part of a study
of southern politics between 1945 and 1974. The findings of
this study were published as The Transformation of Southern
Politics: Social Change and Political Consequences since 1945.
(Basic Books, 1976). In all, 300 interviews were conducted
between 1973 and 1975 in this project funded by the Rockefeller
Foundation. The Southern Oral History Program has transcripts
of 215 of the most important interviews, including the impact
of the civil rights movement. Principal interviewers were
Jack Solomon Bass and Walter De Vries. Listed below are 26
interviews related to the movement in Mississippi.
Interviews conducted between 1990 and 1991 by John Egerton
as part of the research for his book on the opportunities
that the post-WWII era presented for positive action on civil
rights. Included are interviews with individuals who were
involved in various ways in the civil rights struggle. Please
note that much of the discussion in the tapes concerns the
interviewees' reactions to Egerton's thesis about the time
period. Two interviews pertaining to the civil rights movement
in Mississippi are listed here.