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Emmett W. Bassett, Ph. D. and Priscilla Tietjen Bassett Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Bassett, Emmett W. Ph. D., American, 1921 - 2013
Tietjen Bassett, Priscilla, American, born 1928
Interviewed by
Mosnier, Joseph Ph. D.
Subject of
Smith College, American, founded 1871
Tuskegee Institute, American, founded 1881
Carver, George Washington, American, 1860s - 1943
Till, Emmett, American, 1941 - 1955
Till-Mobley, Mamie, American, 1921 - 2003
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, American, founded 1963
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 02:10:53
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
Grahamsville, Sullivan County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey, United States, North and Central America
Henry County, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
New York, United States, North and Central America
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
Date
July 21, 2011
Description
The oral history consists of ten digital files: 2011.174.38.1a, 2011.174.38.1b, 2011.174.38.1c, 2011.174.38.1d, 2011.174.38.1e, 2011.174.38.1f, 2011.174.38.1g, 2011.174.38.1h, 2011.174.38.1i, and 2011.174.38.1j.
Priscilla Tietjen Bassett recalls growing up in Plainfield, New Jersey, and attending Smith College, and Emmett W. Bassett, Ph. D. remembers growing up in Henry County, Virginia, serving in World War II, and attending Tuskegee Institute, where he assisted George Washington Carver with research. They tell how they met at a protest of a segregated restaurant in Massachusetts, raising money for Emmett Till's mother, their involvement in many civil rights groups in New York, and attending the March on Washington. They also discuss Dr. Bassett’s career as a professor of dairy science, Mrs. Bassett's career as a librarian, and their struggles as an interracial married couple.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0038
Topic
African American
Activism
Agriculture
American South
Civil rights
Domestic life
Education
Families
Labor
Race relations
Science
Segregation
Social reform
United States--History--1953-1961
World War II
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
2011.174.38.1a-j
Restrictions & Rights
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
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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