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Helen August: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
August, Helen
Interviewer(s):
Redman, Sam
Title:
Helen August: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Helen August was born in New York City into a secular, Jewish family active in the labor movement. When she was twelve years old, her family moved to Southern California. In this interview, she talks about the differences between New York City and Los Angeles, especially in terms of race relations and diversity. She discusses, in depth, her impressions of the migrants to Southern California that arrived as a result of the availability of wartime jobs. Following her attending a government jobs program, August found work at the start of the war at Adel Precision Products, Incorporated – a plant that made parts for the many airplane factories in the region. Carrying on the tradition in her family, she played an active role in union activity over the course of her life.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2011
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Rights:
August, Helen. "Helen August: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Sam Redman in 2011. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2012.