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Video interview with John Duggan, Greenville attorney, and 1969 graduate of Furman University. Mr. Duggan was very involved in student activism and the Southern Student Organizing Committee during his time as a Furman student. He begins the interview talking about growing up, and the influences that framed his way of thinking about politics, race, and religion. Mr. Duggan shares many stories about student life on Furman's new campus in the mid to late 1960's. He praises Ernie Harrill and Betty Alverson, shares anecdotes, and talks about being one of the first volunteers with CESC. Mr. Duggan discusses student activism on campus at the time, during the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam and the draft, the assasination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy. He also details on-campus controverises like compulsory chapel, dancing on campus, and the speaker ban policy. He praises President Gordon Blackwell for his leadership during these years, and shares memories of Joe Vaughn, June Manning, Al Reed, Theron Price, Francis Bonner, and L.D. Johnson. He closes the interview talking about the great faculty in the History Department during his Furman years.

Scholarship Type

Faculty Scholarship

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City and State

Greenville (S.C.)


Furman University; History; Oral histories; Alumni and alumnae; Segregation; Civil rights United States History; Student movements




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