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William Knott, April 2, 1974

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Creator:Knott, William, 1896-
Title:William Knott, April 2, 1974
Date:1974 Apr. 2

Oral history interview with William Knott of Great Falls, Montana.

TAPE 1, SIDE A: 0 - 5 His parents came by train from Memphis in 1892. Family background. Early Great Falls--sporting girls and cow punchers. Father first worked as a janitor. 5 - 7 Not many Negroes in Great Falls. Black barbershops wouldn't cut blacks' hair. Black church. The African Methodist Episcopal Church. 7 - 11 Black social clubs. There were not enough colored men in town to organize anything. No Negro section of town. Other black businesses. 11 - 14 Schooling. There was no segregation in the school but prejudice was obvious once he got out of school. Alva Jacobs, a well-known black from the area. 14 - 18 He is in close contact with other relatives. Large black families in the area. Sports activities. Entertainment. Shows that came through town. 18 - 22 Describes his work as a tailor--he had two shops. Worked 14 years for the state liquor board. Other jobs available for blacks. 22 - 27 Most blacks were Democrats. Black politicians and government workers. Blacks left the city for work elsewhere. 27 - 29 Prejudice. TAPE 1, SIDE B: 0 - 3 Many blacks were railroad men and moved with the railroad. Blacks in surrounding towns. He always kept in touch with other blacks. 3 - 4 He didn't care for the Chicago Defender. 4 - 7 Contacts with other ethnic groups--they always got along with the Mexicans and the Indians. Black soldiers. 7 - 10 His experiences and feelings about living in Great Falls. He loves the mountains and the climate. Hunting and fishing.

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Subjects:Knott, William, 1896- | Jacobs, Alva | Oral history--United States | Family--History--Tennessee--Memphis | African Americans--Montana--Great Falls | Great Falls (Mont.)--History--20th century | Great Falls (Mont.)--Social conditions--20th century | African Americans--Social conditions--20th century | Community life--Montana--Great Falls | Cowgirls--Montana--Great Falls | Cowboys--Montana--Great Falls | Janitors--Montana--Great Falls | Cleaning personnel--Montana--Great Falls | Barbers--Montana--Great Falls | Barbershops--Montana--Great Falls | Barbering--Montana--Great Falls | African American barbers--Montana--Great Falls | African Americans--Religion | African American churches--Montana--Great Falls | Churches--Montana--Great Falls | African Methodist Episcopal Church. Montana Conference | Clubs--Montana--Great Falls | Societies--Montana--Great Falls | African Americans--Societies, etc. | African American neighborhoods--Montana--Great Falls | Ethnic neighborhoods--Montana--Great Falls | Neighborhood--Montana--Great Falls | African Americans--Recreation | Recreation--Montana--Great Falls | African American business enterprises--Montana--Great Falls | Business enterprises--Montana--Great Falls | African American businesspeople--Montana--Great Falls | Businesspeople--Montana--Great Falls | Discrimination against African Americans | Discrimination in education--Montana--Great Falls | Education--Montana--Great Falls | Public schools--Montana--Great Falls | Schools--Montana--Great Falls | Teaching--Montana--Great Falls | African Americans--Education--Montana--Great Falls | Prejudices--Montana--Great Falls | Communication in the family--Montana | Chicago defender | African American newspapers | Newspapers | African Americans--Relations with Indians | African Americans--Relations with Hispanic Americans | Race relations | Great Falls (Mont.)--Race relations | Civil rights--Montana--Great Falls | African Americans--Civil rights--Montana--Great Falls | African American soldiers--Montana | African American soldiers | Soldiers--Montana | Soldiers--United States | United States--Armed Forces--African Americans | United States. Army--African American troops | Communication in the family--Tennessee | Sports--Montana--Great Falls | African Americans--Sports | African American athletes--Montana--Great Falls | Athletes--Montana--Great Falls | Entertainment events--Montana--Great Falls | Tailors--Montana--Great Falls | Tailoring--Montana--Great Falls | Clothing and dress--Montana--Great Falls | African Americans--Clothing | Men's clothing--Montana--Great Falls | Stores, Retail--Montana--Great Falls | License system--Montana | Liquor laws--Montana | Alcohol--Law and legislation--Montana | Montana. Liquor Control Board | Montana. Liquor Control Board--Officials and employees | Employees--Montana | Montana--Officials and employees | Job vacancies--Montana--Great Falls | African American politicians--Montana--Great Falls | Politicians--Montana--Great Falls | African American political activists--Montana--Great Falls | Political activists--Montana--Great Falls | Great Falls (Mont.)--Officials and employees | Public employees | Government employees | African Americans--Employment--Montana--Great Falls | Democratic Party (Mont.) | Political parties--Montana | Political participation--Montana | African Americans--Politics and government | Mountains--Montana | Mountains--Montana--Great Falls | Climate | Great Falls (Mont.)--Climate | Montana--Climate | Weather | Great Falls (Mont.) | Cascade County (Mont.)
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
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Black Oral History Interviews, 1972-1974, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University

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