Interview with Nanci Ritter, April 4, 2022

Project: West Chester University: Vietnam Era Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Nanci Ritter begins by describing her family and youth growing up in Philadelphia. She discusses her experiences with attending college at West Chester University (WCU), as well as the general campus culture that existed at WCU during the early 1970s. Nanci describes her interaction with race relations in Philadelphia and how her interest in political and social activism was shaped by her youth. She then talks about her time in WCU's student government, including how the Vietnam War affected campus life. She touches on student and community attitudes surrounding Vietnam War related activism, as well as around other social issues such as women's rights, sexuality and the presence of a Planned Parenthood in West Chester. With regards to the Vietnam War, Nanci talks about the GI Bill, POW bracelets, her interaction with veterans, and the question of children of American soldiers and Vietnamese women. Nanci describes the culture of the 70s as well as differences between students in the 70s and students now, finishing her interview on the idea of youth apathy and the importance of political awareness and involvement.

Interview Accession

2022oh1575_wcv0037

Interviewee Name

Nanci Ritter

Interviewer Name

Brenna McGowan

Interview Date

2022-04-04

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Ritter, Nanci Interview by Brenna McGowan. 04 Apr. 2022. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Ritter, N. (2022, April 04). Interview by B. McGowan. West Chester University: Vietnam Era Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Ritter, Nanci, interview by Brenna McGowan. April 04, 2022, West Chester University: Vietnam Era Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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