Oral history interview with James Hennigan, Jr. (OH-066, audio recording and transcript)

Title

Oral history interview with James Hennigan, Jr. (OH-066, audio recording and transcript)

Date

2007

Description

In this interview, James W. Hennigan, Jr., a Suffolk University Law School alumnus (JD 1958), Massachusetts state representative (1953-1954), state senator (1955-1964), and Boston School Committee member (1970-1974), discusses the impact of the 1974 Garrity decision, which required some students to be bused between Boston neighborhoods with the intention of creating racial balance in the public schools. Mr. Hennigan reflects on the issue of busing in the Boston Public School system, recalling the Boston School Committee’s work in the years prior to the Garrity decision and the roles which various politicians and city leaders played in the debate. He reminisces about Boston’s great politicians. Additionally, he recalls his memories of Joe Moakley’s successful run as an Independent candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1972. Mr. Hennigan also shares a bit of his political career and that of his family.

Source

Moakley Oral History Project

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.

Type

Sound recording
Oral histories

Format

MP3
PDF

Language

English

Subject

Busing for school integration
Boston (Mass)--School Committee
Moakley, John Joseph, 1927-2001
Morgan v. Hennigan (379 F. Supp. 410)

Identifier

OH-066

Embedded Media

Interviewer

Allison, Robert J.
McEttrick, Joseph

Interviewee

Hennigan, James W.

Duration

1:13:18

Files

oh-066_transcript.pdf

Citation

“Oral history interview with James Hennigan, Jr. (OH-066, audio recording and transcript),” Moakley Archive & Institute, accessed December 17, 2017, https://moakleyarchive.omeka.net/items/show/3767.

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