John and Jean Rosenburg Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Rosenburg, John J. D., born 1931
Rosenburg, Jean, American
Interviewed by
Cline, David P. Ph. D., American, born 1969
Subject of
Quakers, English, founded c. 1650
National Socialist German Workers' Party
Wilmington College, American, founded 1870
United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, American, founded 1957
Federal Bureau of Investigation, American, founded 1908
Duke University, American, founded 1838
United States Air Force, American, founded 1947
University of North Carolina School of Law, American, founded 1845
Doar, John Andrew, American, 1921 - 2014
Turnbow, Hartman, American, 1905 - 1988
Voting Rights Act, American, founded 1965
Appalachian Citizens' Law Center, American, founded 2002
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 02:36:57
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
Prestonburg, Floyd County, Kentucky, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Germany, Europe
Gastonia, Gaston County, North Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Alabama, United States, North and Central America
Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
Date
August 15, 2013
Description
The oral history consists of ten digital files: 2011.174.100.1a, 2011.174.100.1b, 2011.174.100.1c, 2011.174.100.1d, 2011.174.100.1e, 2011.174.100.1f, 2011.174.100.1g, 2011.174.100.1h, 2011.174.100.1i, and 2011.174.100.1j.
Jean and John Rosenberg, J. D. begin this interview with recollections of their families' backgrounds. Jean learned about social issues as she was raised by a Quaker family in Pennsylvania, and John's family fled Germany under threat from the Nazis. Jean attended Wilmington College and became a research analyst for the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. John grew up in Gastonia, North Carolina, where FBI agents kept tabs on his family, attended Duke University, served in the Air Force, and attended the University of North Carolina School of Law. He became an attorney with the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, which became effective after reorganization by John Doar. Much of this interview concerns Jean and John's work with the Civil Rights Division, including support for voter registration efforts in Georgia and Alabama, the investigation of the Hartman Turnbow case, in which a black activist was arrested for an arson attempt on his own home, and an effort to address a murder in Mississippi. John also addresses the effects of the Voting Rights Act in the South, the role of the lawyers in the Civil Rights Division in relation to the FBI and local law enforcement, and a variety of other cases and issues he dealt with. After retirement, the Rosenbergs founded the Appalachian Citizens Law Center.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0100
Topic
African American
Activism
American South
Associations and institutions
Civil rights
Education
Law
Military
Social reform
Suffrage
United States--History--1961-1969
United States--History--2001-
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in partnership with the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Object number
2011.174.100.1a-j
Restrictions & Rights
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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Collection title
Civil Rights History Project
Classification
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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