Audio Recordings "I think it's time for me to retire, I can go no further."

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Jones, Leonard
Levitas, Susan
Dates 1994
Location New Jersey
Paterson
United States
Language English
Subjects African Americans
Ethnography
Interviews
Oral History
Sound Recordings
Title
"I think it's time for me to retire, I can go no further."
Contributor Names
Jones, Leonard (Narrator)
Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-08-19
Subject Headings
-  African Americans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Leonard Jones, urban gardener, hardware store worker, motorcycle club member.
-  Summary of audio segment: After fourteen years at the wire plant, they brought in a man and told me to break him as the foreman and I said after it took me all these years, you want me to train him to tell me? So, I retired. No matter what I did, I could go no further. That was 1967; thought maybe since he was black he wouldn't qualify. "I decided to keep my knowledge with me." If they weren't going to drain my knowledge to control me that would be different; it's like showing the enemy how he can catch you. I got tired of working seven days a week anyway. "I gave them the best years of my life, that's why I felt hurt."
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number
AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A017
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcwip.sla01707


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