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Johnson / Growing up during the Great Depression

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Interviewer: Do you remember the Great Depression? Johnson: Yeah. My formative years, all my formative years—I remember quite a bit of it. I remember how people had to struggle. You know, fifty cents a day for labor if you could get it and it was not an eight to five affair. It was, as they referred to it, a can-see to can’t-see. Dawn to dusk. Of course, in the absence of equipment and machinery, it was manual labor. I remember all the kind of hardships that people had to endure because of the Depression. The migrations people had to go because of the farmland, this sort of thing.

Interview Interview with James E. Johnson
Subjects Family › Childhood Experiences
Migration › Causes of Migration
Work › Agricultural Work
Work › Agricultural Work › Agricultural Work and Wage Labor
Oral Tradition › Oral Tradition of the Great Depression
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Interview date 2015-07-21
Interview source CRBB Summer 2015
Interviewees Johnson, James E.
Interviewers Acuña-Gurrola, Moisés
Bynum, Katherine
Duration 00:01:11
Citation "Growing up during the Great Depression ," from James E. Johnson oral history interview with Moisés Acuña-Gurrola and Katherine Bynum,  July 21, 2015, Prairie View, TX , Civil Rights in Black and Brown Interview Database,, accessed January 27, 2021