Interview: Edgar Campbell, July 11, 1983

Title

Interview: Edgar Campbell, July 11, 1983

Subject

African American politicians.
African American leadership
African Americans--Politics and government.
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Democratic Party (U.S.)
Political parties.
Race discrimination.
Migration, Internal.
African Americans--Southern States.
African Americans--Social conditions.
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social conditions.
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social life and customs.
African Americans--Segregation
United States--Race relations.

Description

Edgar Campbell (1902-1987) was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. In 1917, he and his parents joined the Great Migration north, settling first in Baltimore, and soon afterwards in Philadelphia. There, Campbell became active in city politics by passing examinations for public service in 1922 and working his way into the lower echelons of the Republican Party. He came of age in a time where political patronage was essential in the machinery of Philadelphia politics. It was this patronage that drove him into the arms of the Democratic Party in 1926, an act that anticipated their eventual rise to power in Philadelphia in 1936. He continued to serve in Philadelphia’s political circles, where he won election to the City Council in 1967 and in 1975 as Clerk of Quarter Sessions Court. At the age of 80, Campbell in 1982, became the first African-American Chairman of Philadelphia's Democratic City Committee.

Date

1983-07-11

Format

audio

Identifier

2014OH155GN007

Interviewer

Charles Hardy

Interviewee

Edgar Campbell

Interview Keyword

Elections--Corrupt practices
African Americans--Societies, etc.
African Americans--Housing.
African Americans--Employment.
African American business enterprises

Files

campbell-OH.jpg


Citation

“Interview: Edgar Campbell, July 11, 1983,” Goin' North, accessed November 12, 2019, http://goinnorth.org/items/show/1044.