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
Author and journalist Joseph McLaughlin discusses his involvement with Frank Rizzo's mayoral campaign in Philadelphia and his assistance in campaigning. In particular, McLaughlin mentions his engagement with the "Hill gang," who attempted to thwart his campaigning efforts by tearing down posters. He then discusses his book on former Philadelphia mayor, Jim Tate. The book, initiated by Tate, covered his administration and his political career while he was mayor. Tate and McLaughlin had difficulty getting the book published because Tate was not a national figure, but there is one copy in manuscript form in the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. He ends by briefly discussing Tate and the Board of Revision of Taxes.
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.
- Joseph P. McLaughlin Oral History, March 17, 1975
- Politicians, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
- McLaughlin, Joseph P.
- Personal Names:
- Tate, James H. J. (James Hugh Joseph), 1910-1983, Rizzo, Frank, 1920-1991, McLaughlin, Joseph
- Geographic Subject:
- Philadelphia (Pa.)
- Organization / Building:
- Board of Revision of Taxes (Philadelphia, Pa.)
- Repository Collection:
- Walter Massey Phillips Oral Histories
- Oral Histories
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- Transcript Identifier:
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