Audio Recording "I was the king of the uncontested divorce."

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"I was the king of the uncontested divorce."
Contributor Names
Carrera, Miguel de la (Narrator)
Carrera, Antonio de la (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
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Subject Headings
-  Cuban Americans
-  Lawyers
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Antonio de la Carrera and Miguel de la Carrera.
-  Summary of audio segment: AC says 2 blocks away from his first office there was a real estate agency, and they started to refer many cases to him. They needed an interpreter for their many Spanish speaking clients. And they "saw open skies" when they saw that there was a Spanish speaking attorney in Paterson. AC was the second Spanish speaking attorney in Paterson, but the first looked like an Indian [South Asian] and has an Italian name, so many don't know he's Spanish [he's Argentinean]. So to most people, AC was the first Spanish speaking attorney, and started to get lots of referrals. Since then AC has been doing mostly real estate, has limited his law practice to that area. MC says AC used to do a lot of uncontested divorces. AC says he was the king of uncontested divorces. AC says that many people came here illegally, and the best way to become legal was to get married. After that, they had to get a divorce. Usually immigration people sent them to Puerto Ricoto get a divorce, but that was legally tenuous. AC said he could do the divorces here, and started to get a lot of those cases. But his son Miguel "stole that practice from me," AC says. And now AC doesn't know how to do a divorce. He tried to help a friend with a divorce and wishes he didn't.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A015
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Carrera, Miguel De La, Antonio De La Carrera, and Thomas D Carroll. "I was the king of the uncontested divorce.". -09-03, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Carrera, M. D. L., Carrera, A. D. L. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "I was the king of the uncontested divorce.". -09-03. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Carrera, Miguel De La, Antonio De La Carrera, and Thomas D Carroll. "I was the king of the uncontested divorce.". -09-03, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.