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Beck, Edwin

Title

Beck, Edwin

Description

Edwin "Ed" Beck tells his wife, Nancy Beck, about growing up in Alabama during the Jim Crow era, recognizing the inequality around him, assisting the integration of one of his college classes, and working towards a more just future.

Publisher

Mobile Public Library, Local History & Genealogy

Date

26 February 2017

Language

English

Type

interview

Interviewer

Nancy Bolton Beck (67)

Interviewee

Edwin Beck (75)

Location

Mobile, Alabama

Time Summary

1:00 Edwin "Ed" Beck (EB) talks about the issues he found in the first draft of his book.

6:10 EB is bothered by the language he used when speaking to black people.

9:30 EB remembers offering his seat to an African American woman on the bus.

13:25 EB did not have real relationships with black people until he moved to West Point.

17:50 EB took down KKK signs with his friends.

22:37 EB got hate mail for helping a black student integrate his class.

26:00 EB worked on a construction job during college.

29:00 EB helped victims of Hurricane Betsy in New Orleans.

33:00 EB's company hired a black secretary.

37:31 EB talks about how he got his nickname.

Files

Citation

“Beck, Edwin,” Mobile Public Library Digital Collections, accessed September 23, 2017, http://digital.mobilepubliclibrary.org/items/show/1985.

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