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Lee Wilson: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Wilson, Lee
Interviewer(s):
Wilmot, Nadine
Title:
Lee Wilson: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Lee Wilson traveled by train to Oakland from Arkansas in June of 1943. She came to join her husband who had preceded her to the Bay Area to participate in the wartime employment boom. Upon her arrival, she began working in Kaiser shipyard 4, where she worked for the remainder of the War, moved to Richmond, and soon after, joined the North Richmond Missionary Baptist Church. Mrs. Wilson discusses her wartime work in the shipyards and membership in the Boilermakers Union, the internment of the Japanese and some signal events of World War II, wartime rationing strategies, and housing in Richmond during and after the War. This interview also creates a more complex picture of migration.
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:
b10261218
Rights:
Wilson, Lee . "Lee Wilson: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Nadine Wilmot in 2006. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2007.