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Margaret Walton: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Walton, Margaret
Interviewer(s):
Redman, Sam
Title:
Margaret Walton: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Margaret Walton grew up in Oakland, California and went to nursing school at UC San Francisco during World War II. In this interview, she talks about growing up during the Great Depression, her experiences at UC Berkeley, and then at UCSF nursing school, in the context of the war. She describes her memories of Pearl Harbor day, blackouts, rationing, Japanese internment, USO dances and FDR’s passing. She recalls her family before and during the war and how they managed, including her mother’s decision to work at the Army Depot Station. Eventually, she married and moved to San Leandro, California.
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:
Walton, Margaret. "Margaret Walton: 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.