Transcript of Oral History Interview of Robert and Thomas Moakley

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Title

Transcript of Oral History Interview of Robert and Thomas Moakley

Subject

Boston (Mass.)
Busing for school integration
El Salvador
Moakley, John Joseph, 1927-2001
South Boston (Boston, Mass.)

Description

In this interview, Robert and Thomas Moakley discuss the life and career of their late brother, Congressman John Joseph Moakley. Among other topics, they reflect on the impact of 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, since the issue was a significant one in the course of the Congressman's early Congressional career. They also discuss their family life in South Boston, Mass.; the issues that were most important to the Congressman during his career, especially human rights violations and injustices in El Salvador; the ways in which they've seen politics change over the years; and their late brother's legacy.

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 29, 2003

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-003

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Allison, Robert J.
McEttrick, Joseph

Interviewee

Moakley, Robert
Moakley, Thomas

Location

Home of Thomas Moakley, Braintree, 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

1:50:11

Time Summary

Part 1
Growing up in South Boston p. 3 (00:24)
Military service p. 12 (17:01)
Family background p. 15 (22:55)
Involvement in local politics p. 18 (28:02)
Part 2
El Salvador involvement p. 24 (12:44)
Staff relationships p. 25 (15:36)
Congressional campaigns p. 26 (18:38)
Part 3
School desegregation p. 34 (05:39)
Thoughts on political figures p. 37 (12:28)
Improvements to Boston p. 41 (21:38)
Congressman Moakley’s health (1995) p. 44 (27:10)
Part 4
Change in politics p. 45 (00:09)
Congressman Moakley’s legacy p. 46 (01:35)

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Citation

John Joseph Moakley Archive & Institute at Suffolk University, Boston, Mass., “Transcript of Oral History Interview of Robert and Thomas Moakley,” Stark & Subtle Divisions: A Collaborative History of Segregation in Boston, accessed January 16, 2021, https://bosdesca.omeka.net/items/show/147.