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Oral history with Mr. William Joel Blass

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Creator:Blass, William Joel, 1917-
Creator:Caudill, Orley B.
Creator:Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Title:Oral history with Mr. William Joel Blass
Date:1977 Mar. 26

Oral history. Interview conducted on March 26, 1977 with William Joel Blass (born 1917). As a lawyer in 1952, he successfully prosecuted the Boyce Holleman case by proving that voter fraud had kept Holleman from winning. Beginning in 1953, he served two terms in Stone County's legislative seat, retiring from that position in 1960. While in office, most considered him an extreme liberal on racial issues. He favored putting truth to the policy of "separate but equal." Because he opposed the "red meat" bills proposed by the legislature's segregationists, he endured vigorous, hostile attacks on his reputation by both private citizens and state legislators.

Electronic version made available through a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute for Museum and Library Services to the University of Southern Mississippi.

Types:Transcripts | Oral histories | Text
Subjects:Blass, William Joel, 1917- | Holleman, Jesse Boyce, 1924- | Meredith, James, 1933- | Barnett, Ross R. (Ross Robert), 1898-1987 | Civil rights--Mississippi | Lawyers--Mississippi--Interviews | Politicians--Mississippi | Mississippi--Race relations--Political aspects | Racism--Political aspects | African Americans--Civil rights | Mississippi--Politics and government | University of Mississippi | White Citizens council | United States, Mississippi, Harrison County, Biloxi, 30.3960318, -88.8853078 | United States, Mississippi, Harrison County
Collection:USM Oral History
Institution:University of Southern Mississippi Libraries
Contributors:University of Southern Mississippi. Libraries
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Mississippi Oral History Program of the University of Southern Mississippi, vol. 639, McCain Library, University of Southern Mississippi.

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