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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.

Date(s): 2005-2008

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: External Link

Language: English

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
African Americans--Minnesota
Discrimination in the military
Race discrimination--Texas
Segregation--Southern States
World War, 1939-1945--Participation, African American


Sound recordings


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