Manuscripts/Mixed Material [National Biscuit Company Workers]
FORM C Text of Interview (Unedited)
STATE New York
NAME OF WORKER May Swenson
ADDRESS 29 1/2 Morton Street, N.Y.C.
DATE March 21, 1939
SUBJECT National Biscuit Company Workers JUNE 21, WEDNESDAY
The heat is terrible. The foreman was every five minutes hollering at us today, because we couldn't work fast. Our fingers were bleeding from the hot crackers that stick to the pans, and nearly everyone of us had to go for plaster to the nurse. One girl fainted in Building A. Spanish Mary got fired in spite of the busy season, because she danced the Tango during lunch hour — lifted up her skirts above her knees — the girls clapped and the men workers hollered. But the foreman, that old joy-killer, came in, and later we heard she got the air. We were so sad, this made us more sad than any sad story told by Shirley. Not even the joke about the Irish man and the Jewish-man could cheer us. Jewish Shirley and Irish Gertie got in an arguement. Shirley was telling about a funeral, how the husband of a woman died, how the widow fainted, how everybody cried and how the Rabbi prayed. Ha, ha, so the Rabbi prayed. Hmm. So it made you sad? How are you able to eat that sandwich, and a ham sandwich too, while you speak of a funeral and a Rabbi — you Jewish hypocrite. This is what Gertie said to Shirley. Pray! I never pray. When I want something, I pay for it,