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Jean Michell: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Michell, Jean
Interviewer(s):
Redman, Sam
Title:
Jean Michell: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Jean Michell recounts experiences growing up with her mother in the Bay Area and then moving with her mother and new stepfather to the east coast. During the war years she lived in Tampa, FL and New Jersey and then attended UCLA and UC Berkeley. After the war her family moved to Japan, where they witnessed the struggles of the Japanese people to return to normalcy. Ms. Michell recalls her teen years, including the traumas of frequent relocation, discrimination in the South, and getting used to college life. She provides memories of life at UC Berkeley during the war, including involvement with blood drives, selling war bonds, enjoying social life, and corresponding with family members in the service. She relates her efforts in Japan to organize Japanese alumni of UC Berkeley.
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:
Michell, Jean. "Jean Michell: 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.