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Interview with Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, 1962


21:22 minutes (24.45 MB)
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A conversation with Elizabeth Gurley Flynn in which she discusses her upbringing and entry into the political scene as the “girl orator,” her organizing efforts and labor defense work on behalf of the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.), and the evolution of her political beliefs. Of particular interest is a description of her arrest under the Smith Act and her years spent in prison at the Women’s Reformatory in Alderson, West Virginia.

Keywords: Industrial Workers of the World, Communism, Socialism, Lawrence Strike, Joe Hill, Herbert Hoover, Bill Haywood, Joe Hill, McCarren Internal Security Act, Smith Act, Palmer Raids, Tom Mooney, Sacco and Vanzetti Trial

Interview with Ray Girardin, former Detroit Police Commissioner, Part 1


29:36 minutes (27.11 MB)
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Part One: Detroit Police Commissioner Girardin describes on the first hours of the 1967 Riot including: description of the people who were arrested during the Blind Pig raid that sparked the 1967 Riots; his opinion on why the first arrests were unnecessary; the conditions in the city and at the police department that exacerbated the events; conspiracy theories. Note: Contains profanity.

Interview with Ray Girardin conducted by Maurice Kelman in August, 1971

Interview with Ray Girardin, former Detroit Police Commissioner, Part 2


30:16 minutes (27.72 MB)
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Part Two: Detroit Police Commissioner Girardin describes the first days of the 1967 Riot, including: the efforts of John Conyers and Damon Keith to bring an end to the situation; the Detroit Police Department “commandos” or riot squad; issues surrounding unsecured weaponry and ammunition; police relations with the African American community; black militancy; the Detroit Committee on Community Relations (DCCR); police informants. Note: Contains profanity.

Interview with Ray Girardin conducted by Maurice Kelman in August, 1971

Interview with Ray Girardin, former Detroit Police Commissioner, Part 3


30:31 minutes (27.94 MB)
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Part Three: Detroit Police Commissioner Girardin describes the first days of the 1967 Riot, including: Black militancy, media coverage; the Michigan National Guard; snipers; fatalities; attacks on the Detroit Fire Department; perceived threats on public works; Police Emergency Reserve; the feeling in the city the night before the civil unrest began, the changing demographics of the 12th Street area. Note: Contains profanity.

Interview with Ray Girardin conducted by Maurice Kelman in August, 1971.

James Porter and Deborah Grubbe StoryCorps Interview, Clip 1, 2007


4:05 minutes (3.77 MB)
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Chemical engineering executive Deborah Grubbe asks her husband, James Porter, how his early experiences as an engineer at Dupont led him to mentor women colleagues. Porter is the Vice President of Engineering and Operations at Dupont and 2007 recipient of the Society of Women Engineer's Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award.

This recording is Clip 1 of 4. Click on the "Porter / Grubbe Interview" link above to find all clips from the interview. Click on the "2007 StoryCorps Interviews" link above to find all audio recordings from the interviews.

This oral history interview was recorded October 26, 2007 at the Society of Women Engineers WE07 National Conference in Nashville, TN as part of StoryCorps (www.storycorps.net), a nationwide initiative of Sound Portraits Productions to record and collect oral history interviews. This excerpt was selected and produced by the SWE Archivist. Audio excerpts may be used for research and educational purposes only.

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