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Series K. Stetson Kennedy: Applied Folklore and Cultural Advocacy

Series K. Stetson Kennedy: Applied Folklore and Cultural Advocacy

Interviews by Peggy Bulger.

The interviews in this series were used by Margaret Bulger as part of "Stetson Kennedy: Applied Folklore and Cultural Advocacy," her Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania in 1992.

Series K Oral Histories

Duke, Daniel (P1990-03)

Interviewed by: Peggy Bulger

February 2, 1990

15 pp.

No Tape

Daniel Duke (1913-1999) served as Assistant Solicitor General of Georgia from 1939‑41 and Assistant Attorney General of Georgia from 1944‑46.

SEE also Duke interview in series B.

Among topics discussed: Nazis in Atlanta; Dr. James Shelton; infiltrating the "Colombians"; the Ike Gaskin murder trial; Colony Woods; Ku Klux Klan floggings; James A. Collscott; "quo ranto"; revoking the charter of the Ku Klux Klan; Stetson Kennedy undercover; Drew Pearson; publicity; the death of the Ku Klux Klan as a national institution; Stetson Kennedy and the state payroll; the Klan as an enforcer of community standards and as an extra‑legal police force; convictions in cases involving the Ku Klux Klan; Jimmy Venable; media perceptions; the folklore within the Ku Klux Klan; passwords; the Kloran; Superman; the books of Stetson Kennedy.


Durr, Virginia (P1990-03)

Interviewed by: Peggy Bulger

March 9, 1990

12 pp.

No Tape

Virginia Durr (1903-1999) is a political activist and was active in early Civil Rights movement.

Among topics discussed: Southern Conference For Human Welfare; Lucy Randolph Mason; John L. Lewis; CIO; Joe Gelders; Southern Policy Committee; Frank Graham; Bull Connor; Hugo Black; red‑baiting; race‑baiting; changing nature of race relations in the South; Lillian Smith; Killers of a Dream; anti‑Communist forces at the Southern Conference.




Horton, Myles (P1990-03)

Interviewed by: Peggy Bulger

December 15, 1989

9 pp.

No Tape

Myles Horton (1905-1990) founded the Highlander Folk School and was active in the early Civil Rights movement.

Among topics discussed: Southern Conference For Human Welfare; CIO organizing; black and white student interaction; Southern Exposure; Operation Dixie and Highlander Folk Center; Frank Graham; Palmetto Country; Zora Neale Hurston; Zilphia Horton; role of folk music; legal attacks on Highlander; Woody Guthrie; Pete Seeger; Kennedy's problems with U.S. immigration officials; use of popular language; personal assessment of Kennedy; Alan Lomax.



Kennedy, Stetson (P1990-03)

Interviewed by: Peggy Bulger

October 7, 1988

22 pp.

Stetson Kennedy (1916-2011) is author of numerous books including I Rode With the Ku Klux Klan, Southern Exposure, and Jim Crow Guide.

Among topics discussed: Self‑described human rights activist; work with Office of Economic Opportunity in Jacksonville; Florida Poor People's Conference; song collecting; American education system and folklore; CIO organizing in Florida; Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings; student activism at the University of Florida; involvement with Works Project Administration; Key West experiences; Mario Sanchez; Ernest Hemingway; oral culture and the Florida Keys; PM magazine; Pete Seeger; Woody Guthrie; Langston Hughes; Alan Lomax; Ollie Harrington; Bill McGuire; Marion Pulfy; John Henry Faulk; political censuring of dialect.

Kennedy, Stetson (P1990-03)

Interviewed by: Peggy Bulger

November 11, 1988

77 pp.

Among topics discussed: Use of folklore for political ends; youth in Jacksonville, Florida; interest in folk speech; experience in newspaper business; training as a writer; early political influences and experiences; Great Depression; "back to the land" ideas; southern regionalism; Southern Conference for Human Welfare; political activism in college; Key West experiences and lifestyle; political education; exposure to Hispanic culture; Cuban community in Key West; Federal Writers Project; Florida Guide; Zora Neale Hurston; turpentine camps; ex‑slave interviews; Palmetto Country; Robert Cornwell; Bob Edwards; Worker's Alliance; CIO organizing in Florida; Junta des La Cultura Espanola; David Lord; Apopka Chief; Florida Alligator; Pittsburgh Courier; Zora Neale Hurston; George S. Mitchell; CIO organizing; use of folk culture for "anti‑folk" purposes; voting restrictions in the South; Eugene Talmadge; Ellis Arnall; Lillian Smith; South Today; Paul Snelling; Senator Theodore Bilbo; race "etiquette" in the South; Southern Conference for Human Welfare; Bull Connor; Southern Patriot; Jim Dombrowski; Clark Foreman; House on Un‑American Activities; Don West; R.E. Starnes; Henry Wallace campaign; Myles Horton; Highlander Folk School; Operation Dixie; Vann Bittner; folk song and political protest; Pete Seeger; Woody Guthrie; Bob Dylan; appeals to racism in north Florida jury trials; middle class folklorists; Florida Folklife Festival; Friends of Florida Folk; institutionalization of folklore; Ben Botkin; exclusion of ethnic folklore from the mainstream; urban folklore; evolution of folk culture; future of folklore as a discipline; introduction of folklore into the classroom; relevance of folklore in contemporary life.

Kennedy, Stetson (P1990-03)

Interviewed by: Peggy Bulger

November 26, 1988

38 pp.

No Tape

Among topics discussed: Involvement with American folkways series; folklore "informants"; folklore ethics; investigation of pro‑Nazi groups ("White Front") in Miami; President Warren Harding and Ku Klux Klan; The Four Freedoms Down South; John Ray Carlson's Undercover; Kennedy alias John Perkins; Southern Outlook; religious symbolism of the Klan; Roy Harris; Cracker Party; Eugene Talmadge; Georgia Bankers Association; Theodore Bilbo; Lillian Smith's Colorblind; Fair Employment Practices Committee; Estes Kefauver; The Statesman; Witherspoon Dodge; Josephine Wilkins; Committee for Georgia; Maggie Fisher; Lucy Randolph Mason; Josephus Daniels; Nelson Poindexter; St. Petersburg Times; Ruth Russell Royale Vance; Francis Coe; use of folklore in CIO organizing; George Mitchell; Bill McGuire; People's Songs House; Koinonia;  thoughts on communal living; Langston Hughes; Zora Neale Hurston; Ollie Harrington; Elizabeth Lomax; Woody Guthrie; Pete Seeger.

Kennedy, Stetson (P1990-03)

Interviewed by: Peggy Bulger

December 17, 1988

30 pp.

Among topics discussed: Florida Folklife Bureau; institutionalized culture; trends in American folk culture; anti‑fascist efforts; Official Language Amendment in Florida; use of folklore in school curriculum; media and folk culture; Folk Tax; government and culture; survival of folk culture; Avalardo Bocent; American labor unions and voting.

Kennedy, Stetson (P1990-03)

Interviewed by: Peggy Bulger

December 31, 1988

69 pp.

Among topics discussed: Folklore in Europe; racism in France; Peking Opera; traditional music and political struggle; television and international cultural development; religion and shared folk custom; religious culture in Russia; exposure to Gypsy culture in Romania and Hungary; gypsy folklore; anti‑gypsy sentiment; anti‑Semitism; Hungarian government's support of folklore; American jazz in Paris; Jean Paul Sartre; Pete Seeger; Pittsburgh Courier; "Sonny Boy" cartoon; Jacksonville Times‑Union; bolito and numbers game; cultural chauvinism; "high tech" folk culture; anthropologists and folklore; folklorists and objectivity; Zora Neale Hurston; Florida Folklore Society; Florida Historical Society; recent developments in folk discipline; "national cultural rights" in China; use of dialect; Richard Wright; The Florida Negro; political terminology.

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