Interview: William S. Steffens, May 24, 1984

Title

Interview: William S. Steffens, May 24, 1984

Subject

African Americans--Social conditions.
African Americans--Education.
Segregation.
African Americans--Housing.
African Americans--Conduct of life.
African Americans--Economic conditions.
African Americans--Employment.
African Americans--Civil rights
African Americans--Legal status, laws, etc.
African Americans--Politics and government.
African Americans--Social life and customs.
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social conditions.
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social life and customs.
United States--Race relations.
Race discrimination.
African Americans--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.

Description

William Steffens (b. 1897) was born to Fannie and Manuel Steffens in Jacksonville, Florida. He and his family remained in Jacksonville until 1917 when the family gradually made their way North. Life in Jacksonville exposed Steffens to discrimination and racial violence at an early age, and as he grew up his awareness of racism grew with him, ultimately leading him to make his own journey North in 1917, after which he worked a variety of jobs.

Date

1984-05-24

Format

audio

Identifier

2014OH189GN041

Interviewer

Donna DeVore

Interviewee

William S. Steffens

Interview Keyword

Suffrage.
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )
African Americans--Newspapers.
African American families
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1914-1918
Voting.
African American leadership

Files

Steffens_OH.jpg


Citation

“Interview: William S. Steffens, May 24, 1984,” Goin' North, accessed October 22, 2019, http://goinnorth.org/items/show/1072.