Twentieth Century Radicalism in Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Bernice Fossum

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Titles Twentieth Century Radicalism in Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Bernice Fossum
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Bunny Fossum was born in South Dakota. She graduated from Yankton College in 1930 and became a teacher. She briefly attended the University of Minnesota where she met and married her artist husband, Sid, in 1932. The two lived a colorful life in the Left's cultural activities. She was deeply involved in the Minneapolis Theater Union and her husband in the Artists' Union and WPA Artists' strike. She belonged to the Junior Farmer-Labor Association. For some time she was a member of the Communist Party and describes in some detail the activity of a unit in North Minneapolis with both worker and intellectual members. She participated in the Strutwear and Millers' strikes. As of 1989 she resided in San Francisco. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Early life; Mac and Meridel LeSueur; Arthur and Marian LeSueur; Minneapolis Theater Union; small town political division; CP unit: internal education, composition, women in; wartime; social work. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: There is also a 1988 Fossum interview on file as part of the Project's collection. Machine hum on tape sometimes interferes with audio quality. Not all name spellings could be verified.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
29 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 02:22:05 running time
Creation Interviewee: Fossum, Bernice
Interviewer: Trimble, Steve
Dates Creation: 03/16/1978
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 30 (Library Call Number)
AV1990.228.56 (Accession Number)
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Twentieth Century Radicalism in Minnesota Oral History Project'


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