Home  » Collections A-Z  » Oral Histories of the American South: The Civil Rights Movement  » All Items  » Oral history interview with James Atwater, February 28, 2001

Oral history interview with James Atwater, February 28, 2001

 Click here to view the item
Creator:Atwater, James, 1932-
Creator:Nardone, Jennifer
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with James Atwater, February 28, 2001
Date:2001 Feb. 28

James Atwater discusses life in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, from the 1930s to the 1950s. Atwater grew up in Chapel Hill, as did his parents and grandparents. In this interview, he discusses how neighbors in the black community interacted in various social, religious, and academic activities. He also talks about the impact of segregation on this community and on the schools. White supremacy in Chapel Hill was easily maintained by the community's reliance on the University of North Carolina. Atwater's parents worked for UNC, as did many other black residents, so they were directly dependent on white university officials for their finances. Much of his consciousness about segregation in Chapel Hill came from comparing it to places such as Durham, Carrboro, and Philadelphia. He left Chapel Hill in the 1950s.

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 (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Atwater, James, 1932- | African Americans--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Lincoln High School (Chapel Hill, N.C.) | Segregation in education--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Chapel Hill (N.C.)--Race relations--20th century | African Americans--North Carolina--Chapel Hill--Social life and customs--20th century | African Americans--North Carolina--Chapel Hill--Attitudes | Orange County Training School (Chapel Hill, N.C.) | Chapel Hill (N.C.)-- Race relations | United States, North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 35.9132, -79.055845 | United States, North Carolina, Orange County, 36.0613199, -79.1205595
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)
Rights and Usage:


Related Materials:

Forms part of Oral histories of the American South collection.

Persistent Link to Item:http://docsouth.unc.edu/sohp/K-0201/menu.html