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Film, Video John and Jean Rosenberg oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Prestonburg, Kentucky, 2013 August 15

John and Jean Rosenberg oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Prestonburg, Kentucky, 2013 August 15

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Title

  • John and Jean Rosenberg oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Prestonburg, Kentucky, 2013 August 15

Summary

  • Jean and John Rosenberg begin this interview with recollections of their families' backgrounds. Jean learned about social issues as she was raised by a Quaker family in Pennsylvania, and John's family fled Germany under threat from the Nazis. Jean attended Wilmington College and became a research analyst for the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. John grew up in Gastonia, North Carolina, where FBI agents kept tabs on his family, attended Duke University, served in the Air Force, and attended the University of North Carolina School of Law. He became an attorney with the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, which became effective after reorganization by John Doar. Much of this interview concerns Jean and John's work with the Civil Rights Division, including support for voter registration efforts in Georgia and Alabama, the investigation of the Hartman Turnbow case, in which a black activist was arrested for an arson attempt on his own home, and an effort to address a murder in Mississippi. John also addresses the effects of the Voting Rights Act in the South, the role of the lawyers in the Civil Rights Division in relation to the FBI and local law enforcement, and a variety of other cases and issues he dealt with. After retirement, the Rosenbergs founded the Appalachian Citizens Law Center.

Names

  • Rosenberg, Jean Voelker interviewee
  • Rosenberg, John M., 1931- interviewee
  • Cline, David P., 1969- interviewer
  • Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)

Created / Published

  • 2013.

Headings

  • -  Rosenberg, Jean Voelker--Interviews
  • -  Rosenberg, John M.,--1931---Interviews
  • -  Doar, John,--1921-2014
  • -  Ku Klux Klan (1915- )--Mississippi--History
  • -  Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
  • -  United States.--Department of Justice.--Civil Rights Division--History
  • -  United States.--Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • -  Civil rights movements--Mississippi
  • -  Civil rights movements--United States
  • -  Lawyers--United States--Interviews
  • -  Veterans--United States--Interviews
  • -  Violence--Mississippi--History

Genre

  • Filmed Interviews
  • Interviews
  • Oral histories
  • Video recordings

Notes

  • -  Recorded in Prestonburg, Kentucky, on August 15, 2013.
  • -  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.).
  • -  Jean Rosenberg was a research analyst for the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the wife of lawyer John Rosenberg.
  • -  John Rosenberg was an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. He was a prosecutor on the trials for the murders of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman in Mississippi. He is the founder of AppalReD (Appalachian Research and Defense Fund) in Kentucky.
  • -  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.
  • -  In English.
  • -  Finding aid http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/eadafc.af013005

Medium

  • 10 video files of 10 (Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (157 min.) : digital, sound, color.
  • 1 transcript (70 pages).

Source Collection

  • Civil Rights History Project collection AFC 2010/039: 0100

Repository

  • Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC USA 20540 to 4610 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.home

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2015669199

Access Advisory

Online Format

  • image
  • video

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

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Credit Line

Civil Rights History Project collection (AFC 2010/039), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Rosenberg, Jean Voelker Interviewee, John M Rosenberg, David P Cline, and U.S Civil Rights History Project. John and Jean Rosenberg oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Prestonburg, Kentucky. 2013. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669199/.

APA citation style:

Rosenberg, J. V. I., Rosenberg, J. M., Cline, D. P. & Civil Rights History Project, U. S. (2013) John and Jean Rosenberg oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Prestonburg, Kentucky. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669199/.

MLA citation style:

Rosenberg, Jean Voelker Interviewee, et al. John and Jean Rosenberg oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Prestonburg, Kentucky. 2013. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2015669199/>.