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Oral history interview with William Hamlin, May 29, 1998

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Creator:Hamlin, William, 1946?-
Creator:Grundy, Pamela
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with William Hamlin, May 29, 1998
Date:1998 May 29

William Hamlin, who attended West Charlotte High School before integration and who observed the integration process from a distance, offers his thoughts on the effects of integration on West Charlotte and Charlotte itself. Like many former West Charlotte students, Hamlin describes the school's magnetism and its glowing reputation. But he tells a darker story, too, about a violent integration process that he believes will never be completed. Hamlin feels conflicted about integration and its legacy. While he thinks that the process was largely successful, he does not think it can eliminate racism or break down the barriers between African Americans and success in America. Over time, Hamlin confesses, he has come to believe in the wisdom of a degree of cultural separatism, in part because he worries that total integration might spur the erosion of cultural traditions.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Hamlin, William, 1946?- | School integration--North Carolina--Charlotte | Charlotte (N.C.)--Race relations | African Americans--North Carolina--Charlotte | African Americans--North Carolina--Charlotte--Attitudes | West Charlotte High School (Charlotte, N.C.) | United States, North Carolina, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, 35.2270869, -80.8431268
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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