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Newman Rebell: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Rebell, Newman
Interviewer(s):
Rigelhaupt, Jess
Title:
Newman Rebell: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Newman Rebell was born in Oakland and grew up in Berkeley. A teenager during World War II, he worked in military warehouses for the summers. He describes redlining in Oakland and Berkeley, watching sports for entertainment, fraternal organizations, and the church as a center of social life for African Americans people in Berkeley. He remembers Japanese American friends being taken to internment camps, and segregation in the military and in unions. We also hear perceptions of boomtown Richmond during World War II, and reactions to the use of atomic bombs against Japan.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2008
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Rights:
Renell, Newman. "Newman Renell: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Jess Rigelhaupt in 2008. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2009.