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Oral history interview with Andrew Young, January 31, 1974

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Creator:Young, Andrew, 1932-
Creator:De Vries, Walter
Creator:Bass, Jack
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Andrew Young, January 31, 1974
Date:1974 Jan. 31

Andrew Young was the first African American congressman from Georgia since Reconstruction. First elected in 1972, Young was later appointed as ambassador to the United Nations by Jimmy Carter. Prior to his career in politics, Young grew up in New Orleans, was educated at Howard University, and then attended Hartford Seminary in the mid-1950s. Young returned to the South after seminary and became involved in the early civil rights movement in Georgia, where he worked as a minister for several years. In this interview, Young discusses the nature of racial discrimination in the South and describes his involvement in voter registration drives. Throughout the interview, he draws comparisons between race relations within southern states and those between the North and South. According to Young, it was access to political power that ultimately altered the tides of racial prejudice in the South. He cites the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as a decisive turning point in race relations. For Young, it was the election of African Americans to positions of power that allowed African Americans to bring to fruition other advances they had made in education, business, and social standing.

Title from menu page (viewed on July 2, 2007).

Interview participants: Andrew Young, interviewee; Jack Bass, interviewer; Walter DeVries, interviewer.

This electronic edition is part of the UNC-CH digital library, Documenting the American South. It is a part of the collection Oral histories of the American South.

Text encoded by Mike Millner. Sound recordings digitized by Aaron Smithers.

The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the aggregation and enhancement of partner metadata.

Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories | Sound | Text
Subjects:Young, Andrew, 1932- | Georgia--Politics and government | African American politicians--Georgia | Civil rights--Georgia | Georgia--Race relations | Voter registration--Georgia | Georgia--Race relations--Political aspects | Racism--Political aspects--Georgia | United States--Race relations | United States, Georgia, 32.165622, -82.900075
Collection:Oral histories of the American South (Georgia selections)
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library
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