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Redell Randle: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Randle, Redell
Interviewer(s):
Redman, Sam
Title:
Redell Randle: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Redell was born in Louisiana and moved with his family to California as a small boy. Like many other African American families in the region, his family moved to the Bay Area in order to find work in the booming shipbuilding industry. Some of his earliest memories were of moving to California during the war. Redell and his family eventually moved into Atchison Village, one of the first African American families to do so. He recalls the war fondly, as a time where children of different races and ethnicities played together in the shadow of the shipyards during the war. His interview offers insights on the history of the city of Richmond and Redell’s unique perspectives on the interracial friendships he developed over his lifetime. Redell also goes in to depth regarding his ideas regarding the importance of education. He also provides an account of feeling the blast from Port Chicago in 1944. Redell played baseball professionally before being drafted into the Army. He speaks about changes in attitudes and ideas following the end of his time in the military. This interview took place at his home in Atchison Village.
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:
Randle, Redell. "Redell Randle: 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.