Audio Recordings "My first job was in construction."

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Carroll, Thomas D.
Granata, Giovanni "John
Dates 1994
Location New Jersey
United States
Language English
Subjects 21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
Ethnicity and Occupation
Granata Financial Service (Paterson, N.J.)
Italian Americans
Migration to the Suburbs
Oral History
Sound Recordings
Textile Industry
"My first job was in construction."
Contributor Names
Granata, Giovanni "John" (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Italian Americans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Textile industry
-  Ethnicity and occupation
-  Migration to the suburbs
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Granata Financial Service (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with John Granata, owner, Granata Financial Service.
-  Summary of audio segment: TC asks about JG's work history here. First job was in construction, his cousin a general contractor and offered him a job. JG went to work for him the second day he came to this country. Roofing, siding, etc. His name is Nicola "Nick" Granata. He used to live in Paterson, but "like most of them, he just moved up to Montvale, New Jersey." TC asks about rest of work history. JG says working outside was tough in winter. A friend who used to work at a textile company persuaded JG to leave construction and go into textiles. Get better benefits, work is less dangerous, steadier in winter. He got JG a job at Perennial Print on 26th St. JG also went to Kennedy High School and took English language classes at night.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A001
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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