Louise Brennan, circa 1990-1999
Scope and Contents
Louise Brennan recounts her early life growing up in Concord, North Carolina. She discusses the important role of education in her upbringing and the prevalence of textile mills in the Concord area. She describes living near a mill village in Concord, specifically recalling the organization and allocation of mill village housing and her experience attending county schools with mill village children. Mrs. Brennan also explains the influential role of the Democratic Party in Southern politics. She describes how the Democratic Party became the dominant party in the South, noting specifically that Republicans were virtually non-existent on area election ballots until their re-emergence around 1966. As an elected state legislator, Mrs. Brennan was very involved in state politics and she became familiar with several state and national politicians, including former North Carolina governors Terry Sanford and James B. Hunt. She discusses influences and trends in party politics, especially the effect that wealthy donors had on state party leadership and how political ideologies shifted among state and national leaders.
- Creation: circa 1990-1999
Conditions Governing Access
34 of the 392 interviews are available in the digital repository. Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use.
Louise Smith Brennan was born in Chester, South Carolina in 1922. She graduated from UNC Charlotte and UNC Chapel Hill and worked as a NC state legislator, political organizer, and political science professor.
Language of Materials
Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository
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