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LSU Libraries T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History Director to Serve as Panelist for Book Talk During Louisiana Book Festival Nov. 2

10/28/2013 03:44 PM

BATON ROUGE – Jennifer Abraham Cramer, director of LSU Libraries' T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History, will serve as a panelist for an upcoming book talk discussing “Women Pioneers of Louisiana Environmental Movement” (University Press of Mississippi, 2013). The talk will take place at the 10th Annual Louisiana Book Festival in downtown Baton Rouge. Joining Cramer, who conducted many of the interviews used in the book, will be authors Peggy Frankland and Susan Tucker.


The free talk is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2, from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the House Committee Room 4 of the Louisiana State Capitol. A book signing will follow the talk.  


Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, “Women Pioneers of Louisiana Environmental Movement” provides a window into the passion and significance of 38 people who led a grassroots movement in a socially conservative state. The book is comprised of oral history narratives in which concerned citizens share their motivation, struggles, accomplishments and hard-won wisdom and sheds light on Louisiana’s and America’s social and political history, as well as the national environmental movement in which women often emerged to speak for human rights, decent health care and environmental protection. By illuminating a crucial period in Louisiana history, the women tell how environmentalism emerged within a state adjusting to the growing oil boom. The collection of original interviews is housed in LSU Libraries Special Collections.


Frankland, an environmental activist since 1982, partnered with oral historians from LSU to interview more than 40 leaders in the state’s environmental movement, many of whom are women. Interviews with men and women who worked within government agencies created to regulate the petrochemical industry are also part of the collection. In this compilation, Frankland uses women’s voices to provide a clear picture of how their smallest actions affected their communities, their families and their ways of life. Their shared victories reveal the positive influence their work had on the lives of loved ones and fellow residents.


“Do Not Tear Up My Earth,” is a presentation featuring audio excerpts and photographs by Gabe Mills and created by the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History to raise national awareness of the project’s scope and content. The presentation has been retooled for online viewing and can be found at






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