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Oral history with Mr. Claude Ramsay, president: Mississippi AFL-CIO

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Creator:Ramsay, Claude, 1916-
Creator:Caudill, Orley B.
Creator:Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Title:Oral history with Mr. Claude Ramsay, president: Mississippi AFL-CIO
Date:1981 Apr. 30, 1981 Apr. 28, 1981 May 7

Oral history. Three interviews conducted on April 28, 30 and May 7, 1981 with Mr. Claude Ramsay at his office in Jackson, Mississippi. Ramsay was born in 1916 in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. He served briefly in the Civilian Conservation Corps camps during the late 1930's until he got a job with the big International Paper Company plant in Pascagoula. Ramsay was called to service in World War II from 1942 to 1946. After the war, Ramsay returned to his job at the paper plant and began his work in the union movement and the collective bargaining process. He felt that the racial discrimination experienced by African Americans in Mississippi was unfair and believed that a strong labor union movement would be impossible until minorities had gained their civil rights. Ramsay was elected president of the Mississippi AFL-CIO in 1959.

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Types:Transcripts | Oral histories | Text
Subjects:Evers, Medgar Wiley, 1925-1963 | Ramsay, Claude, 1916- | AFL-CIO | Labor unions--Officials and employees--Mississippi | Families--Mississippi | College students--Mississipi | Farmers--Mississippi | Paper industry--Mississippi | Paper industry workers--Mississippi | Veterans--Mississippi | African Americans--Civil rights | Discrimination--Mississippi | Civil rights--Mississippi | Labor unions--Mississippi | Civil rights movements--Mississippi | Men--Mississippi | Public welfare--Mississippi | Human services--Mississippi | United States, Mississippi, Hinds County, Jackson, 32.2987573, -90.1848103 | United States, Mississippi, Ocean Springs | United States, Mississippi, Jackson County, 30.4628875, -88.6228416
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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