Interview: Crosby Brittenum, March 20, 1984

Title

Interview: Crosby Brittenum, March 20, 1984

Subject

African Americans--Southern States.
African Americans--Segregation
African Americans--Employment.
United States--Race relations.
African Americans--Social conditions.
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social conditions.
African American neighborhoods
Race discrimination.
Migration, Internal.

Description

A native of Arkansas, Crosby Brittenum (b. 1899) was working as a waiter in Saint Louis when a step-uncle paid for his ticket to Philadelphia in 1920 so that he could read for him. There he did hotel work and then worked as a barber for more than 50 years. In his 1984 interview, Brittenum talked about his early life in Arkansas, his first impressions of Philadelphia and misconceptions of race and ethnicity, and how he would return to Broad Street Station to watch the arrival of hundreds of southern migrants.

Date

1984-03-20

Format

audio

Identifier

2014OH154GN006

Interviewer

Charles Hardy

Interviewee

Crosby Brittenum

Interview Keyword

World War, 1914-1918
African Americans--Social life and customs.
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social life and customs.
African Americans--Education.
African Americans--Economic conditions.

Files

crosby_OH.jpg


Citation

“Interview: Crosby Brittenum, March 20, 1984,” Goin' North, accessed November 12, 2019, http://goinnorth.org/items/show/1043.