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Jeffrey Dickemann: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Dickemann, Jeffrey (formerly Mildred Dickemann)
Interviewer(s):
Dunham, David
Title:
Jeffrey Dickemann: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Jeffrey Dickemann describes growing up as a girl in Hawaii, prior to World War II, as well as Salt Lake City and New York City during and after the war. He relates some of the experiences before and during the war period that reflected and helped him understand his sexual orientation. He describes the Depression, his father’s transfer from Pearl Harbor just before the bombing, working in the Women's Land Army in the summer as a teen during the war, rationing Victory Gardens, films, newsreels, and patriotism. He describes his developing interest in civil rights during the sixties, including experiences teaching at Merritt Junior College and leading a student group with future Black Panthers, including Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. Dickemann also discusses teaching at the University of Kansas, starting a branch of CORE [Congress of Racial Equality], and experiences with CORE in Louisiana. Also discusses his research in Native American education in Oklahoma. See also from the Gay Bears Oral History Project: Coming to Cal, 1950: oral history transcript / Mildred Dickemann; an interview conducted by William Benemann in 1996. The University Archives, The Bancroft Library, University of California, 1997. CU-484.1 no.1
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:
Dickemann, Jeffrey (formerly Mildred Dickemann). "Jeffrey Dickemann: 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, 2014.