First Person Project

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Subject

Georgia--History, Local

Description

The First Person Project was launched by the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies in 2012 to record and preserve stories of life in post-twentieth century Georgia. Modeled roughly on StoryCorps, the First Person Project is smaller in scale but similar in concept--an oral history program designed to capture the stories of everyday Georgians. Interviewees are self-selecting. Pairs of friends or loved ones register to participate in the First Person Project on a designated day, and the conversation (up to forty minutes) is facilitated and recorded by Russell archivists.

The First Person Project collects personal narratives and oral histories documenting life in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Interviews are usually between two friends or family members and typically focus on personal stories such as relationships and family histories. Interviews also touch on larger historical and cultural themes such as racial identity, religion, environmental history, gay rights, the death penalty, and life in Athens and in Georgia.

The First Person is divided into five series. 
I. Georgia Narratives
II. Americus, Georgia
III. Hawkinsville, Georgia
IV. Plains, Georgia
V. Beech Haven, Athens, Georgia

Creator

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Publisher

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Date

2012-2018

Identifier

RBRL324FPP

Coverage

Georgia

Interviews in this Collection:

(RBRL324FPP-0001)

Skip Hulett talks with Dana Miller about his relationship with Mitchell Terry Mincey, a death row inmate who was executed in Bibb County in October 2001. Hulett, a newspaper reporter before coming to work at UGA, had known Mincey since covering…

(RBRL324FPP-0002)

Sandra and Daniel Riggs discuss racial identity, education, and religious faith.

(RBRL324FPP-0003)

Christine Packwood interviews Athens native Virginia Schultz. Schultz talks about her experience growing up in Normaltown in the 1930s and 1940s, working for the University of Georgia and General Motors, her family, and her religious…

(RBRL324FPP-0004)

Jenniffer Jones interviews her mother, Dawn Bennett-Alexander, about her early life in Washington D.C., including Bennett-Alexander's experiences during segregation and her memories of attending the March on Washington in 1963. Bennett-Alexander also…

(RBRL324FPP-0005)

Henry "Dink" NeSmith interviews his mother, Marjorie NeSmith, about her early life, living in Putney, Georgia, and later in Baker County. Marjorie talks about being in college at Georgia Southwestern State University when the US entered World War II,…

(RBRL324FPP-0006)

Jan Levinson interviews Adam Hebbard about early life, growing up in various locations throughout the Southeast and in Australia. Topics include Hebbard's parents' backgrounds, family vacations, holidays, and Hebbard's relationship with his siblings.

(RBRL324FPP-0007)

Rayna Carter, age 9, interviews her parents, Raymond and Litashia Carter, about her birth and their family.

(RBRL324FPP-0008)

Yancey Gulley and Corey Johnson discuss the development of their relationship over the past decade, finding a balance between career and family, and their community involvement and activism in Athens.

(RBRL324FPP-0009)

April King and Jake Mosley discuss their relationship, from meeting at a Drive-By Truckers show at the 40 Watt Club to their upcoming nuptials in South Carolina.

(RBRL324FPP-0010)

Jenniffer Jones interviews her mother, Dawn Bennett-Alexander, about first loves, how relationships change and grow, and "the gender of love."

(RBRL324FPP-0011)

Bob Brussack interviews Seth Hendershot about Seth's involvement with the music scene in Athens in the early '90s, jazz in Athens, and Seth's experiences in the business world including founding Hendershot's Coffee Bar.

(RBRL324FPP-0012)

Lauren Griffith interviews Dr. Bruce Allen, Honorary Consul of Liechtenstein to the South, about his early life, his family, his interest in foreign service, his memories of UGA (including the Snack Shack), and the role of public diplomacy.

(RBRL324FPP-0013)

Louis Boyd interviews his friend and neighbor Robert Henry Bohler about his transient childhood growing up in the Great Depression and his experiences at Berry College and at Fort Sill in Oklahoma during World War II. Bohler also talks about meeting…

(RBRL324FPP-0014)

Geneva Johnson Blasingame discusses the Linnentown community and black neighborhoods in Athens, Georgia. She recalls the University’s efforts to push out black communities in 1962. Blasingame comments on the children attending the Union Institute,…

(RBRL324FPP-0015)

Fannie Jordan discusses being born in Athens on Hull Street in 1922 and subsequently moving to Church Street, Finley Street, and Hancock Street. She reflects on playing basketball in school and attending a two-story school on Finley and Reese Street.…

(RBRL324FPP-0016)

Sally Brown Rhoden recalls growing up in Monroe, Georgia. She discusses seeing plays at the Fox Theater, her family, and social life. She recalls participating in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with the Monroe Drum and Bugle Corps. She reflects…

(RBRL324FPP-0017)

Hans Neuhauser discusses his early life and his decision to attend the University of Georgia in 1964. He recalls his decision to work with the Coastal Plains Conservancy in Savannah in 1972 and explains what sparked his interest in the Georgia coast.…

(RBRL324FPP-0018)

Bennie Tillman discusses his early life, family, education, and career. He recalls working for contractor J.W. Davis, Snelling Dining Commons, and for St. Mary’s Hospital as a cook. Tillman reflects on living in Lindentown, raising and keeping…

(RBRL324FPP-0019)

Louis Boyd interviews Jill Clement. Clement talks about her early life in Massachusetts and her decision to attend Piedmont College in Demorest, Ga., where she met her husband, Charles Clement (see FPP -0020). Clement discusses her decades of…

(RBRL324FPP-0020)

Louis Boyd interviews Dr. Charles Clement. Clement discusses the background of his family, who settled in Indian territory in Oklahoma before moving west to Moscow, Idaho. He talks about his father's experience in a one-room school house where he…

(RBRL324FPP-0044)

Raleigh Saperstein talks about her involvement with the farming and local food scene in Athens, including her work with the Athens Farmers Market and Wholesome Wave outreach.

(RBRL324FPP-0045)

Kai Reidl talks about the music scene in downtown Athens, including Hot Corner and the Slingshot Festival. He also discusses economic development, collaboration, and the community.

(RBRL324FPP-0046)

Jacob Kennedy describes his experience as an undergraduate at the University of Georgia, including his developing interest in music and seeing shows downtown.

(RBRL324FPP-0047)

Christina Cotsakis talks about how her study abroad experience in Costa Rica changed her outlook on her life and studies.

(RBRL324FPP-0052)

Paul Van Wicklen talks about his career with UGA Libraries, starting in periodicals, then becoming a stacks supervisor, and finally moving to the new Special Collections Library. He talks about his mentors and other staff at the library. He also…

(RBRL324FPP-0053)

Frank McGill talks about growing up on a family farm in Tifton, Georgia. He also talks about his career with the UGA Extension Service, becoming a specialist in peanut production. He talks about the effect of the peanut economy on small towns in…

(RBRL324FPP-0054)

Emogene Williams talks with her daughter Avis about her early life and family, growing up during the Great Depression in Covington, Georgia. She talks about what life was like for African Americans in rural Georgia, describing her memories of the KKK…

(RBRL324FPP-0061)

H. Edsel Benson talks about his experiences as a World War II veteran.

(RBRL324FPP-0062)

Claude Williams talks about his experiences as a World War II veteran.

(RBRL324FPP-0063)

Philip Pollock talks about his experiences as a World War II veteran.

(RBRL324FPP-0064)

Duard Baxter talks about his experiences as a World War II veteran.

(RBRL324FPP-0065)

Conulus Scott talks about his experiences as a World War II veteran.

(RBRL324FPP-0066)

Thurman talks about his experience growing up as black kid in Panoramic City, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California. He talks about riding VMX dirt bikes with his older brother. Thurman talks about his process of becoming race conscious while…

(RBRL324FPP-0067)

Frank Bird is a teacher in Georgia and he talks about his background in teaching, his teaching philosophy, and becoming involved with the Foxfire teaching program. He also talks about incorporating hands-on learning in his classroom.

(RBRL324FPP-0068)

Jan Buley teaches literacy at the graduate level in Ontario, Canada. In this interview, she talks about her early education, her development as a teacher, and her introduction to, and continuing involvement with, the Foxfire teacher workshops in…

(RBRL324FPP-0069)

Dorothy Partridge is an educator and one of the participants in the earliest teacher workshops offered by Foxfire founder, Eliot Wigginton. She talks about that experience and the Foxfire model as a whole.

(RBRL324FPP-0071)

Jack Edmunds and Asa Phillips from Hart County, Georgia talk about their experiences participating in the economic and community development program administered through the University of Georgia Archway Partnership.

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