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Elizabeth Tate: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Tate, Elizabeth
Interviewer(s):
Dunham, David
Title:
Elizabeth Tate: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Elizabeth Fisher Tate grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana prior to World War II. She discusses her French Creole heritage, segregation in New Orleans, her early jobs including teaching people to read. After high school, she traveled to Bremerton, Washington, where she received defense work training and worked in the Puget Sound Shipyards. She later worked in Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond and then Hunter’s Point Shipyard in San Francisco. She discusses her experiences with integration in Bremerton, Jim Crow segregation in the Bay Area, amd working conditions in the shipyards. She went on to a successful career in sales, an active role in her church and throughout her Northern California community.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2016
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Rights:
Tate, Elizabeth. "Elizabeth Tate: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by David Dunham in 2016. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2016.