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Ben Caldwell Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Caldwell, Ben R., American
Interviewed by
Cline, David P. Ph. D., American, born 1969
Subject of
L.A. Rebellion, American, 1967 - 1989
University of California, Los Angeles, American, founded 1919
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 02:07:24
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
Los Angeles, California, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
New Mexico, United States, North and Central America
Date
April 11, 2013
Description
The oral history consists of six digital files: 2011.174.77.1a, 2011.174.77.1b, 2011.174.77.1c, 2011.174.77.1d, 2011.174.77.1e, and 2011.174.77.1f.
Ben Caldwell shares his family's history in the Southwest and his childhood experience in New Mexico. Caldwell describes his military service during the Vietnam War and how his experiences made him reflect on racial prejudices in the United States. He began studying art, and he eventually moved to Los Angeles, where he has been part of a black arts movement since the 1970s. He discusses the L.A. Rebellion, a collective of black filmmakers from UCLA, as well as various art projects in which he has been involved and documentary films he has produced.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0077
Topic
African American
Activism
American West
Art
Associations and institutions
Civil rights
Education
Film
Military
Social reform
United States--History--1969-2001
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
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
2011.174.77.1a-f
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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