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Notes on Interview with D. Edward Hudgins by William H. Chafe
July 6, 1972
William Henry Chafe
William H. Chafe, a scholar in race and gender, has been a member of the history faculty at Duke University since 1971. There, he has also served as Dean of Trinity College and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. Chafe is the author of Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina and the Black Struggle for Freedom.
William Henry Chafe
This is a six-page, typed set of notes by William Chafe from a July 6, 1972, interview with D. Edward Hudgins. Shorthand is used throughout, including "GB" for "Greensboro." Chafe notes that Hudgins discussed the Greensboro Board of Education’s response to Brown v. Board of Education, including passing a resolution to comply; creating neighborhood schools instead of focusing on racial balance; backlash against the board’s resolution. He shared his personal feelings on school desegregation, saying that he thought the decision was inevitable, but that he understood why many Southerners were unable to accept it. He said that he felt there weren’t enough people of the power-structure speaking out on desegregation, and discussed the involvement of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, local churches, local media, and people in higher education. At the end of the notes on the interview are Chafe’s observations of Hudgins and the interview. These interview notes form part of Duke History professor William Chafe’s research culminating in his 1980 book Civilities and Civil Rights.
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William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection
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