New Digital Collection: Reminiscences of Anderson Mann "Doc" Thompson

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The Special Collections Research Center is pleased to announce the completion of the Anderson Mann "Doc" Thompson Interviews digital collection.The collection includes interviews between Anderson Mann "Doc" Thompson and his granddaughter Cinda Thompson, recorded from June to December 1972, with an accompanying transcript. The collection is rich in Southern Illinois economic, labor, and political history in the early 20th century. Doc Thompson discusses his career as a coal miner, social life in Marion, Illinois, miner strikes, the Ku Klux Klan in Southern Illinois, his involvement in the Herrin Massacre, and his political career in labor relations under Illinois Governor Henry Horner and at the federal level during Harry Truman's administration.