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Peggy Cook: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Cook, Peggy
Interviewer(s):
Li, Robin
Title:
Peggy Cook: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Peggy Cook, born in 1924, share stories of life during the depression in the rural Pacific Northwest. Beginning work as a laborer on the river at fifteen, Cook narrates a childhood of strong values around charity, compassion, hardwork, and a love of reading. After Pearl Harbor, Cook found work as a net weaver in the US Navy factory on Indian Island, across the bay from Port Townsend, WA. When her husband returned from his service in the Navy, the family settled in Port Angeles. Cook’s narrative provides vivid descriptions of gender dynamics in the workplace, class and race dynamics in the pre and postwar North, and rural life during the Great Depression.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2012
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Rights:
Cook, Peggy. "Peggy Cook: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Robin Li in 2012. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2012.