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Oral history interview with David Burgess, August 12, 1983

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Creator:Burgess, David S., 1917-
Creator:Blanchard, Dallas A.
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with David Burgess, August 12, 1983
Date:1983 Aug. 12

Born in New York City and educated at Oberlin College and Union Theological Seminary, David Burgess spent his life living his religious convictions through a devotion to economic and racial justice. In this interview, he recalls his involvement with some vanguard rights organizations, such as the Fellowship of Southern Churchmen, and early rights activists like Buck Kester. Burgess argues that groups like the Fellowship not only helped put the civil rights struggle in a religious context, but set the stage for the dramatic movement that would dominate the South in the 1950s and 1960s. This interview is useful for, among others, students of the early civil rights movement as well as researchers interested in the contribution of white Christian southerners.

NOTE: Please also refer to another interview with David Burgess in this collection, E-0001. Poor transcription can make this a difficult interview to read. Listening recommended.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Burgess, David S., 1917- | Kester, Howard, 1904-1977 | Southern States--Race relations | Fellowship of Southern Churchmen | Civil rights movements--Southern States | Social reformers--Southern States | Social movements--Southern States | Social justice--Religious aspects--Christianity | Social reformers--Southern States--Attitudes | Southern States, 33.346678, -84.119434
Collection:Oral Histories of the American South: The Civil Rights Movement
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project)
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