Transcript of Oral History Interview with Rush Walsh

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Title

Transcript of Oral History Interview with Rush Walsh

Subject

Boston (Mass.)
Boston Public Schools
Busing for school integration

Description

In this interview, Ruth Walsh, who grew up in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston in the 1960s and '70s, reflects 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. She discusses her education in the Boston Public Schools; the effects of Garrity's decision on her family and neighborhood; the experiences of her own children in the Cambridge Public Schools; and her feelings about the decision and the importance of diversity.

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

March 10, 2005

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-047

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Tamilio, Stephanie

Interviewee

Walsh, Ruth

Location

Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Mass.

Transcription

See PDF transcript

Original Format

MP3 audio file
Note: Original audio recording is available for listening at the John Joseph Moakley Archive & Institute at Suffolk University, Boston, Mass.

Duration

48:08

Time Summary

Introduction p. 3 (00:00)
Ms. Walsh’s experiences being bused and how it affected
her family and neighborhood p. 3 (00:34)
Why busing didn’t work p. 12 (10:40)
Busing in Cambridge and her children’s experiences p. 14 (13:47)
The effects of busing on Boston p. 16 (15:33)
More about Cambridge and her children’s experiences,
specifically those of her adopted biracial daughter p. 18 (19:40)
The benefits of exposure to diversity p. 23 (28:30)
Neighborhood dynamics p. 23 (29:48)
Educational experiences p. 27 (35:47)
Final thoughts p. 33 (46:08)

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Citation

John Joseph Moakley Archive & Institute at Suffolk University, Boston, Mass., “Transcript of Oral History Interview with Rush Walsh,” Stark & Subtle Divisions: A Collaborative History of Segregation in Boston, accessed December 5, 2020, https://bosdesca.omeka.net/items/show/158.