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Mary Newson: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Newson, Mary
Interviewer(s):
Ehrlich, Esther
Title:
Mary Newson: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
At age sixteen, Mary Newson married and left her home in rural Texas. She moved to the Bay Area where she worked a variety of jobs before she was hired at the Ford Assembly Plant in Richmond. Ms. Newson remained employed at Ford for thirty-two years, relocating to San Jose when the plant moved to Milpitas. Discusses: rural upbringing in Texas, journey to the Bay Area and the range of jobs held as a young African-American woman, work life at Ford--as a janitor, an assembly-line worker and an inspector, networking/cohesion among coworkers, role of religion in her life, housing, transportation and social climate in Bay Area during the war years.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2002
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Oskicat record:
b10261069
Rights:
Newson, Mary. "Mary Newson: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Esther Ehrlich in 2002. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2007.