Audio Recording "It was her responsibility to peel the potatoes and put them on the stove, and then she would prepare dinner for the kids."
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- "It was her responsibility to peel the potatoes and put them on the stove, and then she would prepare dinner for the kids."
- Contributor Names
- Ramsey, Edgar (Narrator)
- Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
- Created / Published
- Subject Headings
- - African Americans
- - Foodways
- - Oral history
- - Interviews
- - Sound recordings
- - Work processes
- - Hours of labor
- - Family-run businesses
- - Food industry
- - Pies
- - Sweet Potato Pie Company (Paterson, N.J.)
- - Ethnography
- - United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
- - Interview with Edgar Ramsey, owner, Sweet Potato Pie Company.
- - Summary of audio segment: (Separation between work and home?) It wasn't easy, but even with Xerox it wasn't easy; my wife, "Here she had a newborn baby and when she came home, her first responsibility was not so much to cook -- to prepare the dinner -- but to get the potatoes on. So, it was her responsibility to peel the potatoes and put them on the stove to cook, and then she would prepare dinner for the kids . . . the baby would be crying, she was hungry and my wife says, 'Well, you've got to wait until I get these potatoes peeled.' And so by the time they finished cooking, on an average day, I would be home by then and so I would start mixing the batter, but there were times when we might've had functions at Xerox or something and, you know, I wouldn't get home until ten at night or eleven at night, but you still had to mix that batter because the potatoes were ready." It wasn't easy, but we hung in there and we stuck to it. We knew that one day it would pay off. My wife and I have a very close bond and work well together; no drawbacks or negative aspects or liabilities to having a family business; we only had two people, that's not bad. We knew that this was what we wanted to do, so it wasn't a problem.
- Digital Audio Tape
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A020
- Source Collection
- Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
- Online Format
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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:
Ramsey, Edgar, and Susan Levitas. "It was her responsibility to peel the potatoes and put them on the stove, and then she would prepare dinner for the kids.". -08-28, 1994. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003668/.
APA citation style:
Ramsey, E. & Levitas, S. (1994) "It was her responsibility to peel the potatoes and put them on the stove, and then she would prepare dinner for the kids.". -08-28. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003668/.
MLA citation style:
Ramsey, Edgar, and Susan Levitas. "It was her responsibility to peel the potatoes and put them on the stove, and then she would prepare dinner for the kids.". -08-28, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003668/>.