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Created by:
National Museum of African American History and Culture, American, founded 2003  Search this
Interview of:
Edgar Cahn, American, born 1934  Search this
Interviewed by:
Kelly Elaine Navies, American  Search this
Recorded by:
Kim Moir, American  Search this
Subject of:
Poor People's Campaign, American, 1967 - 1968  Search this
Jean Camper Cahn, American, 1935 - 1991  Search this
Swarthmore Collge, American, founded 1864  Search this
Senator Robert F. Kennedy, American, 1925 - 1968  Search this
Sargent Shriver, American, 1915 - 2011  Search this
Medium:
digital
Dimensions:
Duration: 01:50:15
22.75 GB
Type:
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted:
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States, North and Central America
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Date:
August 24, 2017
Description:
An oral history consisting of a single digital video recording (2018.78.3.1). It was collected as part of the Poor People’s Campaign Interviews.
In this interview, Edgar Cahn, a lifelong social justice advocate, discusses his upbringing in New York City and education at Swarthmore College; his work providing legal services to the poor throughout the 1960s; the research and writing of report, Hunger USA; his involvement with the Poor People’s Campaign; and his continued social justice work since then.
Cahn begins the interview by discussing his early life and the development of his relationship with his late wife, Jean Camper Cahn, whom he met at Swarthmore. Cahn then talks about attending Yale Law School and recalls how he and his wife began their careers providing legal services to the poor in New Haven, CT. Cahn then turns to a discussion of his legal work combatting poverty throughout the 1960s through both the government and government watchdog organizations. Cahn discusses his work around the publication of Hunger U.S.A, and he recalls his experience at Resurrection City in 1968. Cahn then connects the Poor People’s Campaign to what he sees as a broader shift toward the empowerment and participatory engagement of disenfranchised and marginalized people in the US. Cahn concludes the interview by discussing the role of women, such as Jean Camper Cahn, in his life and work, and by discussing a system for community engagement called TimeBanking that he developed in 1980.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Humanitarianism  Search this
Justice  Search this
Labor  Search this
Politics  Search this
Poverty  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Segregation  Search this
U.S. History, 1961-1969  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2018.78.3.1
Restrictions & Rights:
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Poor People’s Campaign Oral Histories
Classification:
Media Arts-Film and Video
Movement:
Civil Rights Movement
African American - Latinx Solidarity
Poor People's Campaign
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5afe179ae-a9f0-4873-9257-b4c8807592cf
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2018.78.3.1