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Oral History


Acc #: 270; JLFC 004

In this recording, Joseph Langan is interviewed by Melton McLaurin to discuss the Civil Rights Movement in the context of Mobile, Alabama. The interview begins with Mr. Langan talking about growing up in Mobile, and his early education. He mentions his military service in World War II, and shares his thoughts on the impact the war had on political consciousness in the Black community of Mobile. He also reflects on the development of his political career, and the motivations of his work as a politician to undermine Jim Crow segregation. He also describes the challenges facing the Black community of Mobile in the 1940s with regard to voting and voter registration, and offers his views of some of the Civil Rights Movement activities in Mobile in the 1950s and 1960s.

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