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Twentieth Century Radicalism in Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with D. Alan Bruce
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Alan Bruce was born in Minneapolis in 1910. His parents, Robert Cameron Bruce and Thora Storlie Bruce, were of Scottish and Norwegian decent, respectively, and were both born in this country. Alan Bruce grew up in Minneapolis and attended the University of Minnesota. In the mid-1930s, he was hired as a teacher for the Works Progress Administration's Worker Education Program, and quickly became a supervisor: first for Minneapolis, and then for the whole state (1937-1940). In 1940 Bruce married Elizabeth Hoff, another workers' education teacher, and they moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he became director of the Cincinnati Labor School. Two years later the couple returned to Minneapolis, where Bruce went to work for the Labor Education Committee of the National Labor Relations Board. At the time of the interview, Bruce was retired and living in Richfield, Minnesota. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Experiences as a teacher and administrator of the WPA's Worker Education Program. Accusations of radicalism against the program. Truth and falsity of these accusations. Philosophy, origins, and curriculum of workers' education. Goals of the program. Efforts of Communists and Socialists to influence the program. Effect of the Second World War upon his work. Evaluation of the militant labor movement. Impressions of labor leaders Luverne Noon and Peter Warhol. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: Bruce's memory is sharp, and the interview is focused. He has done two other oral history interviews, one on the history of the Bryn Mawr neighborhood in Minneapolis, and the other on North Shore Camp, a resort near Lutsen, Minnesota. His personal papers are held by the Minnesota Historical Society, the School of Industrial Relations of the University of Minnesota, and the Labor History Center. The quality of the recording is good.
2 hours sound cassette
20 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
02:04:00 running time
Interviewee: Bruce, D. Alan
Interviewer: Ross, Carl
Made in: Richfield, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Creation: 12/02/1988 - 06/26/1989 (Interviews conducted 12/2/1988 and 6/26/1989.)
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 30 (Library Call Number)
AV1990.228.6 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Twentieth Century Radicalism in Minnesota Oral History Project'