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Betsy Hess Behrens: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Behrens, Betsy Hess
Interviewer(s):
Farrell, Shanna
Title:
Betsy Hess Behrens: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Betsy Hess Behrens was born and raised in Buffalo, New York during the Great Depression. She developed an interest in music at an early age and attended Buffalo State Teachers College. During the war, she worked as a tracer in the Worthington Pump and Machinery Corporation drafting room before moving to Chicago to attend the University of Chicago. She discusses the effects of the Depression on Buffalo, working with heavy machinery at the Chevrolet and Dodge plants in Chicago, campus culture and change in Chicago, and her memories of the end of the war and societal changes thereafter.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2015
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Rights:
Behrens, Betsy Hess. "Betsy Hess Behrens: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Shanna Farrell in 2015. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2016.