The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Minnesota's greatest generation oral history project: Part II
Repository: Minnesota Historical Society. Minnesota History Center
Collection Description (CRHP): See especially interviews with Vernon Hopson (who discusses segregation in Texas and during his military service) and with Margery Murphy (who discusses segregation in the armed forces and in the South).
Collection Description (Extant): This project chronicles the lives of Minnesota men and women through the World War II years. The interviews include the perspectives of war veterans, Japanese-Americans, German citizens, business leaders, and minorities. Some of the subjects discussed include life in wartime Japan; Pearl Harbor; the dropping of the atomic bombs; joining the armed forces; experiences at basic training; postwar life; the real estate market after World War II; childhood activities; growing up during the Great Depression; life in wartime Germany; differences in the war effort between men and women; the GI Bill; the Army Occupation of Europe; reorientation into civilian life; economy of postwar Germany; the Army Occupation of Japan; postwar business ventures; relationships between Japanese and Americans; relationships between Germans and Americans; and the Korean War.
Origin Info: Interviewed by Douglas Bekke and James E. Fogerty.
Existing IDs: OH 115
Extent: 250 sound cassettes (60 min. ea.), 1 sound cassette (90 min.), 1 sound cassette (120 min.), transcripts (36 v. in 36 folders; 28 cm.)
Finding Aid URL: http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/OH115.pdf
Related Archival Items: See also Part I of this Project.
Interviewees: Vernon Hopson, Margery Murphy
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American veterans
Discrimination in the military
World War, 1939-1945--Participation, African American