Oral history interview with John Douglas

DouglasJohn.pdf
DouglasJohnAudioLog2016-05-13.pdf

Title

Oral history interview with John Douglas

Description

John Douglas discusses his privileged background, buying a farm in Putney, Vermont, meeting Robert Kramer, and becoming involved in the filming of "People's War" in Vietnam. He talks of the Newsreel Collective in Putney (later called Red Clover) and the Free Vermont movement, including the founding of the Free Vermont newspaper and the Common Ground Community Restaurant, life in the commune, conflict with townspeople over the Free Farm, and an F.B.I. raid. He describes the work he was doing, making silk screen posters for Free Vermont, setting up meetings with Vietnamese in Montreal, and film making. He finishes by describing visiting communes as part of the Free Vermont movement, the gathering of the tribes in both Franklin and Putney, Vermont, drug use, and his relationship with Windham College.

Date

13 May 2016

Subject

Douglas, John, 1938- --Interviews
Kramer, Robert, 1939-1999
Newsreel (Firm)
Third World Newsreel (Firm)
Newsreel Collective (Putney, Vt.)
Red Clover (Putney, Vt.)
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Free Vermont (Putney, Vt.)
Urban-rural migration--Vermont
Collective settlements--Vermont--Putney
Common Ground Community Restaurant
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Windham College
Independent filmmakers--Vermont
Communal living--Vermont
Drug abuse--Vermont
Hippies--Vermont
Counterculture--Vermont

Rights

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

Format

MP3

Type

Audio Files

Identifier

AudioFile1970s-60

Coverage

Putney (Vt.)

Interviewer

Calder, Jacqueline, 1954-
Gustin, Amanda

Interviewee

Douglas, John, 1938-

Location

Burlington (Vt.)

Duration

1 hr., 40 min., 56 sec.

Repository

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

Citation

“Oral history interview with John Douglas,” Digital Vermont: A Project of the Vermont Historical Society, accessed September 18, 2018, http://digitalvermont.org/vt70s/AudioFile1970s-60.