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Bonnie Overton: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Overton, Bonnie
Interviewer(s):
Dunham, David
Title:
Bonnie Overton: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Bonnie Overton was born in Newton, Kansas and migrated to California during World War II. In this interview, she discusses her family background and life during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. She talks about racial and cultural diversity in Newton, Kansas. Mrs. Overton describes her older sister’s experiences as a woman enlisted in the Army, healthcare, moving to California, and Huntington Park Shipyards. She discusses her first day and long career at Douglas in Long Beach, where she worked on every model of plane manufactured there. She recalls the 1951 Union Strike and wartime working conditions. She describes buying bonds, the Hollywood Canteen, and V-J Day.
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:
Overton, Bonnie. "Bonnie Overton: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by David Dunham in 2011. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2013.