Civil Rights in Black and Brown

Scholarly Significance of the Project

Covering the period since the onset of the civil rights era, the Civil Rights in Black and Brown oral history interviews with African American, Mexican American, and white activists located throughout the large, diverse state adds new depth to the study of “black/brown” and multicultural relations past and present. The project recovers the role of local people in the black civil rights and Chicano/a movements in Texas and sheds new light on the relationships among local, state, and national actors. It provides fresh insights into inter-ethnic collaboration, conflict, and everything in between—all grounded in the lived experiences of the grassroots organizers and participants in the two intersecting freedom struggles.

The interview database at TCU is a publicly accessible, free, and user-friendly multimedia digital humanities website that provides digital video clips from the interviews to researchers as well as teachers, journalists, and the general public. Rather than simply streaming full interviews or displaying transcripts, this site indexes short clips and embeds a number of detailed thematic metadata codes and tags. End users are able to easily search for detailed subject information across the entire interview collection and add their own tags to help future users.

Methodology for the Project

In the summer of 2015, the Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project began its first phase of new field research. Project faculty and graduate research assistants conducted approximately 115 new interviews over two months of full-time interviewing in the Dallas/Fort Worth region as well as at several remote sites in East Texas and the Rio Grande Valley that remain underrepresented in the historical record. Clips from these interviews were uploaded to the project's interview database, and the full interviews are accessible in the Portal to Texas History.

In the summer of 2016, graduate research assistants conducted fieldwork in twelve additional sites: the Panhandle, Midland/Odessa, Deep East Texas (Lufkin), Montgomery and Liberty Counties, the Golden Triangle (Jefferson County), Houston, Harris and Galveston Counties, Fort Bend and Brazoria Counties, Corpus Christi and surroundings, Austin, and San Antonio. Project staff collected more than 400 interviews from this second round of fieldwork.

Acknowledgements

The project is funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grant, the Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, the Summerlee Foundation of Dallas, TCU's AddRan College of Liberal Arts, the Mary Couts Burnett Library at TCU, and other institutional and private sources.



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Harris County, TX
65
Nueces County, TX
65
Jefferson County, TX
36
Bexar County, TX
28
Ector County, TX
27
Lubbock County, TX
25
Hidalgo County, TX
21
Fort Bend County, TX
19
Montgomery County, TX
18
El Paso County, TX
16
Potter County, TX
15
Travis County, TX
15
Val Verde County, TX
15
Smith County, TX
14
Tarrant County, TX
14
Brazos County, TX
12
Webb County, TX
12
Anderson County, TX
11
Midland County, TX
10
Angelina County, TX
9
Galveston County, TX
9
Liberty County, TX
9
Waller County, TX
9
Dallas County, TX
8
Harrison County, TX
8
Nacogdoches County, TX
8
Austin County, TX
6
Cameron County, TX
6
Hill County, TX
6
Zavala County, TX
6
Tom Green County, TX
3
Walker County, TX
3
Brazoria County, TX
2
Cass County, TX
2
Denton County, TX
2
Hale County, TX
2
Hays County, TX
2
Henderson County, TX
2
Howard County, TX
2
Kinney County, TX
2
Uvalde County, TX
2
Andrews County, TX
1
Aransas County, TX
1
Bailey County, TX
1
Bastrop County, TX
1
Bell County, TX
1
Brewster County, TX
1
Brooks County, TX
1
Caldwell County, TX
1
Collin County, TX
1
Crosby County, TX
1
Dimmit County, TX
1
Eastland County, TX
1
Ellis County, TX
1
Falls County, TX
1
Finney County, KS
1
Fisher County, TX
1
Freestone County, TX
1
Gaines County, TX
1
Gregg County, TX
1
Hockley County, TX
1
Hopkins County, TX
1
Houston County, TX
1
Johnson County, TX
1
Moore County, TX
1
Orange County, TX
1
Philadelphia County, PA
1
Presidio County, TX
1
Pulaski County, AR
1
Quay County, NM
1
San Patricio County, TX
1
Starr County, TX
1
Terrebonne Parish, LA
1
Trinity County, TX
1
Upshur County, TX
1
Wichita County, TX
1