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Velma Barkhausen: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Barkhausen, Velma
Interviewer(s):
Rigelhaupt, Jess
Title:
Velma Barkhausen: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Velma Barkhausen was born in Arkansas, then moved as a child with her family to Oklahoma. She and her family moved to California, spurred by drought and famine during the Great Depression. Employed first in the agricultural industry picking and canning fruits, she and her family later joined wartime industry, taking jobs in the shipyards. In this interview she discusses her family's rural background, migration to California, work in California's agricultural industry, work in the shipyards, and the Port Chicago explosion.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2006
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Oskicat record:
b10260246
Rights:
Barkhausen, Velma . "Velma Barkhausen: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Jess Rigelhaupt in 2006. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2007.