Transcript of Oral History Interview of Congressman John Joseph Moakley

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Title

Transcript of Oral History Interview of Congressman John Joseph Moakley

Subject

Boston (Mass.)
Busing for school integration
Cuba
El Salvador
Massachusetts--Politics and government
Moakley, John Joseph, 1927-2001
O’Neill, Tip
South Boston (Boston, Mass)
Suffolk University. Law School
United States. Congress

Description

In this interview, Congressman John Joseph Moakley, who represented Massachusetts' Ninth Congressional District from 1973 until his death in 2001, discusses his life and political career. While he only reflects briefly on Judge W. Arthur Garrity's 1974 decision in the case of Morgan v. Hennigan, which required some students to be bused between Boston neighborhoods with the goal of creating racial balance in the public schools (see transcript, page 18), the interview provides significant insight into Moakley's character and political views. He also discusses his childhood in South Boston; his military background; his experiences at Suffolk University Law School; his career in both state and national politics; and some of the issues that have been important to him during his career, especially in regards to human rights violations and injustice in El Salvador.

Creator

John Joseph Moakley Archive & Institute at Suffolk University, Boston, Mass.

Source

Moakley Oral History Project

Publisher

John Joseph Moakley Archive & Institute at Suffolk University, Boston, Mass.

Date

April 2, 2001

Contributor

Kintz, Laura

Rights

Copyright Suffolk University. This item is made available for research and educational purposes by the John Joseph Moakley Archive & Institute. Prior permission is required for any commercial use.

Relation

Moakley Oral History Project: http://moakleyarchive.omeka.net/collections/show/1

Format

PDF (Computer file format)

Language

English

Type

Oral history interview transcript

Identifier

OH-001

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Allison, Robert J.
McEttrick, Joseph

Interviewee

Moakley, John Joseph

Location

District office of Congressman John Joseph Moakley, South Boston, Mass.

Transcription

See PDF transcript

Original Format

MOV video (QuickTime)
Note: Original video recording is available for viewing at the John Joseph Moakley Archive & Institute at Suffolk University, Boston, Mass.

Duration

1:48:47

Time Summary

Part 1
Growing up in South Boston p. 3 (00:02)
Military service p. 9 (10:29)
State political career p. 12 (16:05)
Member of Congress (1973-2001) p. 19 (29:30)
Evelyn Moakley p. 25 (41:24)
Suffolk University Law School p. 26 (43:34)
Thoughts on political figures p. 30 (47:58)
Improvements to Boston p. 36 (1:00:30)
Part 2
El Salvador involvement p. 43 (13:55)
Cuba p. 49 (29:09)
Reflections of almost fifty years in public office p. 53 (39:07)

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Citation

John Joseph Moakley Archive & Institute at Suffolk University, Boston, Mass., “Transcript of Oral History Interview of Congressman John Joseph Moakley,” Stark & Subtle Divisions: A Collaborative History of Segregation in Boston, accessed October 21, 2020, https://bosdesca.omeka.net/items/show/146.

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