Oral History Collection
20th Century Radicalism in Minnesota Oral History Project
This oral history collection is part of the larger Project to Document Radicalism in Twentieth-Century Minnesota, an effort by the Minnesota Historical Society's Research Department to explore the role of left-wing radicalism in shaping the state's political culture. These interviews of radicals active in the decades up to 1960 include both men and women, members of political parties as well as unaffiliated activists, artists, organizers and WPA workers. Carl Ross, former Minnesota Communist Party leader, served as director of the oral history project. Thirty-seven interviews were conducted between 1986 and 1989 specifically for the radicalism project; transcripts of another 33 interviews on related topics are included in this collection.
The other major product of the radicalism project will be an annotated bibliography, published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, of sources on the subject in the Society's collections and at University of Minnesota libraries.