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Audio Recording "My first job was in construction."

"My first job was in construction."

About this Item


  • "My first job was in construction."


  • Granata, Giovanni "John" (Narrator)
  • Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)

Created / Published

  • 1994-08-05


  • -  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


  • Ethnography
  • Interviews


  • -  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/Physical Location

  • AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A001

Source Collection

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


  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • audio

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Credit line

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

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Chicago citation style:

Granata, Giovanni "John", and Thomas D Carroll. "My first job was in construction.". -08-05, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Granata, G. ". & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "My first job was in construction.". -08-05. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Granata, Giovanni "John", and Thomas D Carroll. "My first job was in construction.". -08-05, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.