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Bernice Grimes: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Grimes, Bernice
Interviewer(s):
Dunham, David
Title:
Bernice Grimes: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Betty Grimes discusses her family’s background, growing up in the Midwest, and moving to California so her mother could help her aunt run a club and steakhouse during World War II near the Richmond shipyards. She recalls her job as a scaler in the Kaiser Shipyards, the gambling and entertainment at her aunt’s Club Thunderbird, and her mother’s brushes with gangsters. She remembers home front blackouts, rationing, newsreels, and the plight of Japanese Americans during the war. She recounts experiences living and working after the war in the Bay Area, including filing in a sex discrimination grievance and helping solve a murder.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2014
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Rights:
Grimes, Bernice. "Bernice Grimes: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by David Dunham in 2014. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2016.