Oral History Interview with David Barton

Title
Oral History Interview with David Barton
Narrator (written)
David Barton
Narrator First Name
David
Narrator Last Name
Barton
Interviewer
Riley Carbone
Abstract
David P. Barton. Class of 1966. Oral history interview for the Dartmouth Vietnam Project. Barton describes growing up in Silver Spring, Maryland. Barton shares that he attended Dartmouth because his brother was a student when he applied. He describes being very interested in sports as a child and continued playing tennis as a student at Dartmouth. He also discusses his involvement in the Dartmouth Christian Union, Delta Upsilon fraternity, Cask and Gauntlet, and the foreign study abroad program in France his junior and senior years. He describes his involvement with anti-Vietnam War activism on campus with events such as film screenings and teach-ins. Barton describes a breakfast he shared with Malcolm X when he was living in Cutter Hall at Dartmouth. Barton discusses his experience as a teaching fellow at Philips Andover Academy and as a graduate student at John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He explains how he became involved with the American Friends Service Committee where he and his wife were sent to Quảng Ngãi Province in Vietnam. Barton describes the relationships he had with the Vietnamese people during the war. He discusses how the CIA was torturing political prisoners near the rehabilitation center where he worked. Barton describes how he was called to testify before Lee [H.] Hamilton’s subcommittee in Congress about what he knew of the torture of the political prisoners in Vietnam. Barton explains his involvement in the House-Senate Joint Inquiry into the 9/11/2001, attacks and his relationship with democracy in the United States and U.S. foreign policy.
Date of Interview
September 30, 2016
Subject
Dartmouth Alumni
Protest/Antiwar Activism
Civil/Government Service
Volunteer/Aid Work
Dartmouth History
Political Participation
Language
English
Rauner ID
DOH-522
Rights
CC-BY-NC-ND-4.0
Interview Audio Source (MP3)
//rcweb.dartmouth.edu/DDHI/histories/barton_david/barton_david.mp3
Interview Transcript Source (PDF)
//rcweb.dartmouth.edu/DDHI/histories/barton_david/barton_david_transcript_final.pdf
HTML
//rcweb.dartmouth.edu/DDHI/histories/barton_david/barton_david_transcript_final.html

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