This project focuses on the life of Anne Braden, an anti-racist activist, organizer, and journalist. These interviews were conducted by Cate Fosl for her oral history based biography on Anne Braden, Subversive Southerner: Anne Braden and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Cold War South (2006). Interviewees include Anne Braden, as well as her coworkers, mentees, and friends. Specifically discussed is Anne's life growing up, her career as a writer, particularly at the Louisville Times, and her marriage to Carl Braden. Other topics include the Braden's involvement in the civil rights movement, their association with the Wade family, and their sedition trial in 1954. Interviews also contain discussions about the Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the Ghandi Corps.
Making Sense of Oral History offers a place for students and teachers to begin working with oral history interviews as historical evidence. Written by Linda Shopes, this guide presents an overview of oral history and ways historians use it, tips on what questions to ask when reading or listening to oral history interviews, a sample interpretation of an interview, an annotated bibliography, and a guide to finding and using oral history online. Linda Shopes is a historian at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. She has worked on, consulted for, and written about oral history projects for more than twenty-five years. She is co-editor of The Baltimore Book: New Views of Local History and is past president of the Oral History Association.