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  • "My place is with you guys."


  • Stetin, Sol (Narrator)
  • Taylor, David Alan, 1951- (Interviewer)

Created / Published

  • 1994-08-04


  • -  Polish Americans
  • -  Labor Unions
  • -  Strikes
  • -  Oral history
  • -  Interviews
  • -  Labor leaders
  • -  Sound recordings
  • -  Retirees
  • -  Textile industry
  • -  American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  United States -- New Jersey -- Haledon


  • Ethnography
  • Interviews


  • -  Interview with Sol Stetin, former president of the Amalgamated Textile Workers Union, conducted at the American Labor Museum Botto House National Landmark on August 4, 1994.
  • -  I got a job and [my new boss] put me in the shipping room. And then one time a strike breaks out. All the men walk out of the plant. And the super comes to me and says, "Listen, this has nothing to do with you. You're in the shipping room and the shipping room's not involved in the strike, just the production workers. So I didn't go out. . . . And they went out at twelve o'clock and I remember the word went around they were going to meet again at night. But it didn't affect me, so I didn't go out. Five o'clock I went home. . . . And in those days, at night, you'd hang around the candy store. You'd listen to Father Coughlin, the fascist. You remember, you heard about Father Coughlin? And they had a radio, I don't think we even had a radio in those days. And I see one of the fellows . . . and [he said], "I hear there's a strike on at your place." And I said, "Yes, but it has nothing to do with me." Well, when he got through with me he had me convinced that I had done a terrible, terrible thing. That very night, I ran across the bridge, I waited for the bus. I knew where the meeting was going to take place: 612 River Street, the Kallin Ballroom. I ran up those stairs and I asked for the floor and I apologized: "My place is with you guys." . . . To make a long story short, the next day I'm on the picket line.


  • Analog Audio Cassette

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1995/028: WIP-DT-A011

Source Collection

  • Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)


  • American Folklife Center

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  • audio

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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Stetin, Sol, and David Alan Taylor. "My place is with you guys.". -08-04, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Stetin, S. & Taylor, D. A. (1994) "My place is with you guys.". -08-04. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Stetin, Sol, and David Alan Taylor. "My place is with you guys.". -08-04, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.