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Robert Gray: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Gray, Robert
Interviewer(s):
Redman, Sam
Title:
Robert Gray: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Robert Gray was born September 15th, 1921. During the beginning of WWII, he attended the University of Colorado, Boulder. Shortly after graduation, he found work as a ship fitter in the Vancouver Shipyards. In this interview, he talks about the 1933 World’s Fair, his family’s Commerce, Industry, and Labores, their politics, the increase of military presence at the University of Colorado, Italian, German, and Japanese detainment camps, encounters with women in the workforce, and exposures to anti-black racism. After the war, he worked with Chevron Research and settled down in the Richmond, California area. He ends the interview by emphasizing that rationing was the most drastic difference between life before and life during the war.
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:
Gray, Robert. "Robert Gray: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Sam Redman in 2012. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2012.