Film, Video William Saunders oral history interview conducted by Kieran Walsh Taylor in Charleston, South Carolina, 2011 June 09.

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Title
William Saunders oral history interview conducted by Kieran Walsh Taylor in Charleston, South Carolina, 2011 June 09.
Summary
William Saunders remembers his childhood on Johns Island, South Carolina, and working with Esau Jenkins, a local civil rights leader. He recalls serving in the army during the Korean War, attending the Highlander Folk School, and working at a mattress factory. He also discusses founding the "Lowcountry Newsletter," helping the workers in the Charleston Hospital Strike of 1969, and running unsuccessfully for the state senate.
Contributor Names
Saunders, William, 1935- interviewee.
Taylor, Kieran Walsh, interviewer.
Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
Created / Published
2011.
Subject Headings
-  Saunders, William,--1935---Interviews
-  Jenkins, Esau,--1910-1972
-  Highlander Folk School (Monteagle, Tenn.)
-  African American civil rights workers--South Carolina--Interviews
-  African American veterans--Interviews
-  Civil rights movements--South Carolina
-  Civil rights movements--United States
-  Discrimination in the military--United States
-  Hospital Workers' Strike, Charleston, S.C., 1969
-  Korean War, 1950-1953--Participation, African American
Genre
Filmed Interviews
Interviews
Oral histories
Video recordings
Notes
-  Recorded in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 9, 2011.
-  Civil Rights History Project Collection (AFC 2010/039), Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
-  Copies of items are also held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.).
-  The Civil Rights History Project is a joint project of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture to collect video and audio recordings of personal histories and testimonials of individuals who participated in the Civil Rights movement.
-  William Saunders was born 1935 in New York, New York, married Henrietta Jenkins, and had 10 children. He attended Southern Business College, Southern Illinois University Vocational Education, and the University of Nevada. He worked as a politician and CEO of Committee on Better Racial Assurance Human Services Agency.
-  In English.
-  Finding aid http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/eadafc.af013005
Medium
4 video files of 4 (HD, Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (84 min.) : digital, sound, color.
1 transcript (49 pages)
Source Collection
Civil Rights History Project collection AFC 2010/039: 0027
Repository
Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC USA 20540-4610 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.home
Library of Congress Control Number
2015669126
Access Advisory
Collection is open for research. Access to recordings may be restricted. To request materials, please contact the Folklife Reading Room at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.contact
Language
English
Online Format
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online text
video
Description
William Saunders remembers his childhood on Johns Island, South Carolina, and working with Esau Jenkins, a local civil rights leader. He recalls serving in the army during the Korean War, attending the Highlander Folk School, and working at a mattress factory. He also discusses founding the "Lowcountry Newsletter," helping the workers in the Charleston Hospital Strike of 1969, and running unsuccessfully for the state senate.
LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/2015669126
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Civil Rights History Project collection (AFC 2010/039), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Saunders, William, Interviewee, Kieran Walsh Taylor, and U.S Civil Rights History Project. William Saunders oral history interview conducted by Kieran Walsh Taylor in Charleston, South Carolina. 2011. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669126/.

APA citation style:

Saunders, W., Taylor, K. W. & Civil Rights History Project, U. S. (2011) William Saunders oral history interview conducted by Kieran Walsh Taylor in Charleston, South Carolina. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669126/.

MLA citation style:

Saunders, William, Interviewee, Kieran Walsh Taylor, and U.S Civil Rights History Project. William Saunders oral history interview conducted by Kieran Walsh Taylor in Charleston, South Carolina. 2011. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2015669126/>.

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