The Resource Oral history interview, part of an oral history project, Mabel Johnson; interviewed by Hayden Van Dyke, (sound recording)

Oral history interview, part of an oral history project, Mabel Johnson; interviewed by Hayden Van Dyke, (sound recording)

Label
Oral history interview, part of an oral history project
Title
Oral history interview
Title part
part of an oral history project
Statement of responsibility
Mabel Johnson; interviewed by Hayden Van Dyke
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Contributor
Interviewee
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Records the reminiscences of Mabel Johnson, who worked in several poultry processing plants in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia for more than twenty years. The primary focus of the interview is on Mrs. Johnson's experiences as a union steward for the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) from 1977 until her retirement in 1986. Discusses her early childhood and family life, including the untimely deaths of her husband and three of her children through fire and motor vehicle accidents. Describes her election to shop steward, succeeding her husband, who held the post at the time of his death in 1977. Relates her experiences representing production line workers and her interactions with company management. Discusses the working conditions, wages and occupational hazards in the industry during those years and her commitment to ensuring worker's rights through organized labor unions. Recalls walk out strikes at several poultry plants in the Valley during the 1970s. Closes with discussion of her life after retirement and her comments on how the unions were subsequently dropped by the poultry plant workers in the years since
  • The Shenandoah Valley Oral History Project consists of audio interviews, transcripts, and background material dating from 2005-2006 conducted by James Madison University students in Professor Daniel Kerr's course Selected Themes in U.S. History, HIST 339. Interviewees were primarily from Rockingham and Augusta Counties. Topics range from the poultry industry, labor and civil rights activism, Native Americans, Latino immigrants, ex-offenders, the homeless, and gays, lesbians and bisexuals
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Cataloging source
VMC
Date time place
Recorded at Mrs. Johnson's home in Harrisonburg, Virginia, March 21, 2006
Form of composition
unknown
Format of music
not applicable
Former title complexity
  • Forms part of the Shenandoah Valley oral history project, 2005-2006. For details of individual interviews see the following: Oral history interview [sound recording] / Greyson Daniels (SdArch no. 29-1). Oral history interview [sound recording] / John D. Farrish (SdArch no. 29-2). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Betty Kilby Fisher (SdArch no. 29-3). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Allen Layman (SdArch no. 29-5). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Kris Maul (SdArch no. 29-6). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Greg Michael (SdArch no. 29-7). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Pat Morrison (SdArch no. 29-8). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Julia Patterson (SdArch no. 29-9). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Tom Peachy (SdArch no. 29-10). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Monica Robinson (SdArch no. 29-11). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Garfield Shelton (SdArch no. 29-12). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Crysta Swarts (SdArch no. 29-13). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Alice Velazquez (SdArch no. 29-14). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Travis Wills (SdArch no. 29-15)
  • For summaries of interviews for which the interviewees have granted permission for online access, but have requested the use of pseudonyms, see bibliographic records for the following: Oral history interview [sound recording] / "Joe" [pseudonym] (SdArch no. 29-16). Oral history interview [sound recording] / "JMU Professor" [pseudonym] (SdArch no. 29-17)
  • For summaries of interviews for which permission for full online access was not expressly given, see bibliographic records for the following: Oral history interview [sound recording] / Mr. Armstrong (SdArch no. 29-18). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Miss Hughes (SdArch no. 29-19). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Mr. Scott (SdArch no. 29-20)
Literary text for sound recordings
interviews
Series statement
James Madison University sound archives
Series volume
no. 29-4.
Label
Oral history interview, part of an oral history project, Mabel Johnson; interviewed by Hayden Van Dyke, (sound recording)
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Note
  • There are no background papers or stacks copies for this collection
  • Statement of purpose included in transcript
Accompanying material
1 transcript (23 leaves ; 28 cm.) + 1 interview guide (2 leaves ; 28 cm.) + 1 interview journal (4 leaves ; 28 cm.)
Control code
229358506
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. +
Extent
1 sound disc (ca. 64 min.)
Governing access note
  • For use, see Special Collections Librarian
  • There are no copyright restrictions for any audio or documents which are part of the public domain. Images are an exception. Copyright to all images is held by the interviewee and is provided for educational purposes only. They may not be downloaded, reproduced or distributed in any format without permission of the donor. Recordings and textual materials for which pseudonyms were requested have been honored
Other physical details
digital
Reproduction note
System requirements for streaming media: QuickTime, RealPlayer or other MP3 compliant player required. For PDF transcripts; Adobe Acrobat Reader required.

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