Oral history interview with Laughlin McDonald 1999


McDonald, Laughlin (Interviewee)
Zane, Sharon (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Laughlin McDonald 1999
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Laughlin McDonald : oral history, 1999
Childhood: born 1938 Winnsboro, South Carolina, influences of growing up in segregated South; Columbia University: B.A. English, 1960, adjustment to metropolitan New York environment; conscription to U.S. Army: dislike of military experience, racism at Fort Jackson, Mississippi military base; J.D. University of Virginia; American Civil Liberties Union [ACLU] in Atlanta from 1972: Operation Southern Justice: desegregation of prisons, juries, the bar; legal defense of Ku Klux Klan's right to assemble in Saucier, Mississippi; Voting Rights Project: efforts to redistrict southern states, majority bloc voting, Native American voting rights litigation; ACLU's relationship with Carnegie Corporation of New York and other foundations, crucial role of philanthropic support, leadership role of foundations in 1980s: commitment to voting rights, struggle with southern barratry statutes designed to stymie civil rights lawyers, description of typical southern district court judge, negative impact of racial politics on legislative, judicial systems.
Collection Name
Carnegie Corporation project. Part 2
Lawyers; Civil rights workers; African Americans--Civil rights; Justice, Administration of--Southern States; Civil rights--Southern States; McDonald, Laughlin; American Civil Liberties Union; Ku Klux Klan (1915- ); Carnegie Corporation of New York
oral histories
Physical Description
70 pages
Note (Biographical)
Lawyer, activist.
Note (Funding)
Digital reproduction funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Digitized by Safe Sound Archive, Philadelphia, 2010.
Interviewed by: Sharon Zane on September 15, 1999.
Service copy (44 kHz, 16 bit) and rendered version (96 kHz, 24 bit) of sound file derived from a digital preservation master digitized at 96 kHz, 24 bit.
Note (Provenance)
Gift of Laughlin McDonald
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Carnegie Corporation Oral History Project [Staging]
Oral History Archives at Columbia
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