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James Lee, July 20, 1973

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Creator:Lee, James, 1907-
Title:James Lee, July 20, 1973
Date:1973 July 20
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Oral history interview with Mr. James Lee of Portland, Oregon. TAPE 1, SIDE A: 0 - 2 Came to Portland in 1929 from Texas. Family background. He was a railroad worker. 2 - 5 Black churches in Portland. Black social clubs and organizations. Blacks lived mostly between the river and Broadway. Black businesses. 5 - 9 Well-known blacks in the area. NAACP. He has one daughter who attended school in Portland. Maintains contact with relatives in Texas. 9 - 13 Entertainment for blacks. Famous singers and dancers. Work as a porter for the Pullman Company. Other work. Black unions. 13 - 18 Blacks coming into Portland during World War II. Most blacks were Republican through the 30's. Black politicians. Shipyard work, during WW II. 18 - 23 Housing for blacks in Vanport City which was washed away in the 50's. 23 - 25 He still thinks lots of new blacks come into Portland. Knows blacks in surrounding areas. 25 - 27 Found out about blacks in other areas through the NAACP. The Sentinel, a black newspaper. 27 - 30 One school named after a black. No contact with other ethnic groups. Feelings about living in Portland. TAPE 1, SIDE B: 0 - 3 More about his feelings about living in Portland. Not many jobs were open to blacks. 3 - 4 More about work in the NAACP.

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Subjects:Lee, James, 1907- | Oral history--United States | African Americans--Oregon--Portland | African Americans--Civil rights--Oregon--Portland | Civil rights--Oregon--Portland | Family--History | Railroads--Oregon--Portland--Employees | Porters--Oregon--Portland | Pullman Company--Employees | African American railroad employees--Oregon--Portland | African Americans--Employment | African American churches--Oregon--Portland | Churches--Oregon--Portland | African Americans--Religion | Clubs--Oregon--Portland | Societies--Oregon--Portland | African Americans--Societies, etc. | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Portland Branch (Portland, Or.) | African American business enterprises--Oregon--Portland | Business enterprises--Oregon--Portland | African American businesspeople--Oregon--Portland | Businesspeople--Oregon--Portland | Housing--Oregon--Portland | African Americans--Housing--Oregon--Portland | Dwellings--Oregon--Portland | African Americans--Dwellings--Oregon--Portland | African American neighborhoods--Oregon--Portland | Ethnic neighborhoods--Oregon--Portland | Neighborhood--Oregon--Portland | Community life--Oregon--Portland | Civic leaders--Oregon--Portland | African American civic leaders--Oregon--Portland | Public schools--Oregon--Portland | Schools--Oregon--Portland | African American girls--Education--Oregon--Portland | Girls--Education--Oregon--Portland | African American women--Education--Oregon--Portland | Women--Education--Oregon--Portland | Girls--Education--Oregon--Portland | African American entertainers--Oregon--Portland | Entertainers--Oregon--Portland | African Americans--Music | Music--Oregon--Portland | African American musicians--Oregon--Portland | Musicians--Oregon--Portland | African American singers--Oregon--Portland | Singers--Oregon--Portland | African American dancers--Oregon--Portland | Dancers--Oregon--Portland | African Americans--Recreation | Recreation--Oregon--Portland | African American labor union members--Oregon--Portland | Labor union members--Oregon--Portland | Labor unions--Oregon--Portland | Railroads--Employees--Labor unions--Oregon--Portland | Porters--Labor unions--Oregon--Portland | Politicians--Oregon--Portland | African American politicians--Oregon--Portland | African Americans--Politics and government | Republican Party (Or.) | Political parties--Oregon--Portland | Portland (Or.)--Politics and government--20th century | World War, 1939-1945--Oregon--Portland | World War, 1939-1945--African Americans | World War, 1939-1945--War work | War work | Shipyards--Oregon--Portland | Shipbuilding--Oregon--Portland | Shipbuilding industry--Employees | Shipbuilding industry--Oregon--Portland | Floods--Oregon--Vanport | Natural disasters--Oregon--Vanport | Sentinel (Portland, Or.) | African American newspapers--Oregon--Portland | Newspapers | Portland (Or.) | Multnomah County (Or.) | Vanport (Or.)
Collection:Black Oral History Collection
Institution:Washington State University's Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Contributors:Washington State University. Library. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Online Publisher:[Spokane, Wash.] : Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries | 2002
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Black Oral History Interviews, 1972-1974, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University

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Forms part of online collection: Black Oral History Interviews Collection.

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