Oral history interview with Gene Bergman

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BergmanGeneAudioLog2015-11-22.pdf

Title

Oral history interview with Gene Bergman

Description

Gene Bergman describes growing up in New Rochelle, New York, school desegregation, anti-war demonstrations, and his fond memories of Maria Sanders, the family's housekeeper, who influenced his view of the civil rights movement. In the bulk of the interview, Bergman speaks of attending the University of Vermont, occupying the ROTC building and getting arrested for blocking the Federal Building in Burlington in 1972, dropping out of college and becoming involved in People Acting for Change Together (PACT), a low-income advocacy group. He describes in great detail PACT's involvement in low-income housing advocacy, welfare rights advocacy, and organizing a food co-op to aid low income Vermonters. He also speaks of the relationship between PACT and the Onion River Food Co-op.

Date

22 November 2015

Identifier

AudioFile1970s-21

Format

MP3

Type

Audio File

Coverage

Burlington (Vt.)
New Rochelle (N.Y.)

Rights

Permission to publish material from the Vermont 1970s Counterculture Project must be obtained from the Vermont Historical Society.

Interviewer

Blofson, Kate

Interviewee

Bergman, Gene, 1953-

Location

Burlington (Vt.)

Duration

3 hrs., 16 min., 30 sec.

Repository

Vermont Historical Society Library, 60 Washington Street, Barre, VT 05641-4209

Citation

“Oral history interview with Gene Bergman,” Digital Vermont: A Project of the Vermont Historical Society, accessed March 5, 2021, https://www.digitalvermont.org/vt70s/AudioFile1970s-21.