About this Collection
Water M. Phillips interviewed over 150 civic and political leaders on subjects related to Philadelphia city government and history between the late 1930s and the 1970s. Related collection: Walter M. Phillips, Sr. Papers (Acc. 527)
About this Interview
Spencer Coxe, executive of the Philadelphia branch of the Civil Liberties Union, talks about his work with the Philadelphia chapter of ACLU. The interview took place soon after Mr. Coxe retired from the Union in January of 1979 in order to pursue a teaching position at Temple University. In particular, Mr. Coxe discusses the difficulties faced by the ACLU and its employees during the cold war and particularly the time of Senator McCarthy and the so called "red scare".
Biographical / Historical Note
Walter M. Phillips, Sr. (1912-1985) was active in Philadelphia civic and political life for over thirty years. He worked and volunteered in a variety of city and regional organizations. After retiring, Phillips initiated an oral history project, interviewing in the 1970s many individuals with whom he had worked.
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