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Oral history with Mr. William J. Simmons

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Creator:Simmons, William J., 1916-
Creator:Caudill, Orley B.
Creator:Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Title:Oral history with Mr. William J. Simmons
Date:1979 June 26

Oral history interview conducted on June 26, 1979 with Mr. William J. Simmons at his office in Jackson, Mississippi. Simmons was born in 1916 in Utica, Mississippi. He attended Millsaps College and Mississippi College, graduating from the latter in 1937. After serving in World War II, Simmons returned to Jackson, Mississippi and became active in organizing the Jackson Citizens' Council. He devoted his full-time service to the Citizens' Council movement. Simmons functioned as editor and publisher of The Citizen, Administrator of Citizens' Councils of America, and President of Citizens' Council Forum. As a Citizens' Council representative, he appeared on local and network television and spoke before audiences throughout the United States. Simmons published "Race in America: The Conservative Stand" in The Search For America.

Electronic version made available through a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Types:Transcripts | Oral histories | Text
Subjects:Simmons, William J., 1916- | Citizens' Councils of America | White Citizens councils | Civil rights--Mississippi--Jackson | Civil rights--Mississippi--Hinds County | Race relations--Mississippi--Jackson | Race relations--Mississippi--Hinds County | Segregation in education--Mississippi--Jackson | Segregation in education--Mississippi--Hinds County | Veterans--Mississippi--Jackson | Veterans--Mississippi--Hinds County | Newspaper editors--Mississippi--Jackson | Newspaper editors--Mississippi--Hinds County | United States, Mississippi, Hinds County, Jackson, 32.2987573, -90.1848103
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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Forms part of the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive.

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